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Lawsuit overseen by Ohio judge who was shot is dismissed

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Aug 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-28 14:09:30-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Records show the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by a man who later shot an Ohio judge overseeing the complaint has been dismissed.

Nathaniel Richmond filed the lawsuit in April against the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority following the death of his mother and a great-nephew in a 2015 house fire.

The lawsuit said the house had exposed electrical wires and missing and inoperable smoke alarms.

The motion to dismiss the case was filed Friday.

Authorities say Richmond shot Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. on Aug. 21 as the judge walked from his car to the courthouse in Steubenville, roughly 30 miles west of Pittsburgh.

A probation officer shot and killed Richmond. The judge is recovering.

Authorities are still looking for a motive.

Richmond was the father of a Steubenville football player convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012. Ma'Lik Richmond was released in January 2014 after serving a little less than a year of his sentence. He returned to school and the Steubenville football team. He now attends Youngstown State University.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin said authorities aren't aware of a connection between the rape case and the shooting.