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The Lisa Nowak Case

Background and Latest Developments


Lisa Maria Nowak

Lisa Maria Nowak

On Feb. 6, 2007, U.S. Navy Capt. and NASA Astronaut Lisa Nowak, 43, was charged with trying to kidnap a woman she regarded as her romantic rival for the affection of a space shuttle pilot. Authorities say Nowak, a married mother of three, drove 900 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront Colleen Shipman at an airport parking lot about Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein.

Latest Developments

Lisa Nowak Avoids Jail in Plea Deal
Nov. 10, 2009
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak avoided trial and possible jail time by pleading guilty to lesser charges in a plea agreement in connection with her 2007 attack on a romantic rival at an Orlando airport parking garage. Nowak was sentenced to one-year probation.

Previous Developments

Lisa Nowak Withdraws Insanity Plea
May 14, 2009
Former astronaut Lisa Nowak has withdrawn her notice that she would seek an insanity defense in the case in which she is charged with stalking a romantic rival across the country. She is facing charges of attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault against her romantic rival Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman.

Diaper Evidence Allowed in Astronaut's Case
Dec. 5, 2008
An appeals court has ruled that statements made to police by former astronaut Lisa Nowak's during a six-hour interview after her arrest cannot be used at her trial, but items found in her car can be used.

Prosecution Appeals Nowak Evidence Ruling
Nov. 15, 2005
Prosecutors have appealed the ruling of Circuit Judge Marc L. Lubet earlier this month that tossed out most of the state's evidence against former astronaut Lisa Nowak. Judge Lubet ruled that Nowak had been coerced into making a statement and she was not properly advised of her Miranda rights.

Judge Tosses Evidence Against Lisa Nowak
Nov. 2, 2007
A Florida judge has thrown out most of the evidence against former astronaut Lisa Nowak, ruling that investigators took advantage of Nowak's lack of sleep to coerce her during a six-hour interview after her arrest.

Judge: Nowak Can Remove Ankle Bracelet
Aug. 30, 2007
Judge Marc L. Lubet has ruled that former astronaut Lisa Nowak can remove her ankle monitoring bracelet while awaiting her trial for threatening her romantic rival. Meanwhile, Nowak has announced in court papers her intention of using a temporary insanity defense when she goes to trial.

Astronaut Wants Ankle Bracelet Monitor Removed
Aug. 9, 2007
Saying it is expensive and unnecessary, former astronaut Lisa Nowak has filed a motion asking to remove an ankle bracelet monitoring device that she was ordered to wear while awaiting trial for attacking her romantic rival.

Ex-Astronaut Only 'Wanted to Talk'
July 10, 2007
A former female astronaut, who was charged with attempted kidnapping in connection with a love triangle between her, a fellow astronaut and another woman, denied in a lengthy interview after her arrest that she was trying to harm her rival. In a 72-page transcript of the interview with police, she said she "wanted to know where she stood" in the love triangle.

Astronaut Faces Charges in Space Triangle
Feb. 6, 2007
A space shuttle astronaut has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after she drove 900 miles, wearing a wig, a trench coat and an adult diaper so that she would not have to stop, to confront another woman she thought was romantically involved with a space shuttle pilot. U.S. Navy Capt. Lisa Nowak, 43, has been arrested in Orlando.

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