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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. A former NASCAR star and his stepmother have reached a settlement regarding a lawsuit alleging slander.

Lisa Mayfield sued her stepson Jeremy Mayfield, accusing him of slander.

The lawsuit referred to comments Jeremy Mayfield made where he allegedly called his stepmother a derogatory name and accused her of killing his father.

The suit was filed in 2009 and was scheduled to go to trial starting Wednesday.

Lisa Mayfield s lawyers said the settlement is confidential but were able to provide a public apology signed and issued by Jeremy Mayfield.

The apology reads:

I have previously made statements to the press in which I accused Lisa Mayfield of either murdering my father, Terry Mayfield, or being involved in a conspiracy to murder him. Those statements were made in the heat of my emotional state at the time. I now retract those statements and apologize to Lisa for having made them.

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