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Alex Jones Wants Suicide Of Sandy Hook Parent To Nullify Defamation Lawsuit

Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones in Texas in 2013.
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Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones in Texas in 2013.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones asked a Connecticut court to dismiss a lawsuit by the families of victims of the 2012 Newtown school shooting because one of the parents killed himself in 2018.

Six families are suing Jones for defamation over his claims that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that killed 20 children and six educators was a hoax.

Jones’s attorney said the family should have replaced Richman on the lawsuit with the executors of his estate when he died. The attorney said the families have lost their standing and the case can’t proceed.

Richman was the co-founder of the Avielle Foundation — named after his daughter who died in the shooting. The group promoted compassion and mental and emotional health.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.