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LIMA The wrongful death lawsuit a woman filed against her former son-in-law over her daughter's death may be placed on hold because of a number of pending legal issues. Sara Schlarman, the mother of Kathy Wangler, is suing her former son-in-law, Mark Wangler, over her daughter's death. Mark Wangler was convicted of aggravated murder earlier this year in his first wife's 2006 death and is serving a life sentence. Kathy Wangler died of carbon monoxide poisoning.Mark Wangler is appealing the conviction, which is among the reasons the wrongful death case may be put on hold. The former doctor's legal team also is appealing a probate court ruling that allowed the probate case to be reopened and appointed Schlarman as administrator of her daughter's estate.The ruling in probate court allowed Schlarman to file the wrongful death case.Schlarman's attorneys also want to call into court Mark Wangler's current wife as well as other family members and his attorney, Christopher McDowel, to try to find out how much money and assets Mark Wangler has left following his legal battles. They were seeking a prejudgment garnishment of assets, but that likely is on hold.Judge Richard Warren has ordered attorneys to file written legal arguments explaining their sides.Warren also refused to step aside from the case. Mark Wangler's attorneys asked him to recuse himself since he presided over the criminal case.Warren also ruled the statue of limitations in a wrongful death case dates back to the day of conviction or sentencing, not the date of the alleged crime. The ruling also keeps alive the wrongful death lawsuit instead of dismissing it on grounds of missing the two-year statute of limitations to file.


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