FRONT ROYAL — Former Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority Executive Director Jennifer McDonald’s request for her civil defamation lawsuit against Supervisor Tom Sayre to not proceed has been approved by circuit court Judge Bruce D. Albertson.

Meanwhile, Sayre’s civil defamation lawsuit against McDonald will continue Sept. 11. Sayre’s lawsuit centers around a June 2017 incident in which a rock was thrown through McDonald’s front door.

Sayre claims that because he was seeking answers regarding the EDA’s workforce housing project, McDonald staged the incident and framed him as a potential perpetrator. Her lawsuit claimed that Sayre falsely spread rumors that she staged the incident.

Margaret Ward, Sayre’s lawyer, previously explained that McDonald’s case will not proceed unless the she resurrects it within six months.

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