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Magistrate Puts Ricci Lawsuit on Hold

Magistrate Puts Ricci Lawsuit on Hold

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A lawsuit filed by the family of a man once suspsected of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart has been put on hold.

A federal magistrate has temporarily stopped pretrial activity in the lawsuit filed Angela Ricci, whose husband Richard died while police still suspected him of the kidnapping.

Magistrate David Nuffer put pretrial efforts on hold until another judge rules whether to dismiss the case.

Ricci was once the principal suspect in the kidnapping in June 2002. He died later that summer of a brain hemorrage after returning to prison on a parole violation NOT related to the Smart case.

Elizabeth was found the following spring with a couple who still face kidnapping charges.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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