Nowak Faces Attempted Kidnapping, Other Charges
Almost a month after Lisa
Nowak was arrested at an Orlando airport parking lot, Florida
prosecutors formally charged her Friday with attempted kidnapping
to intent to inflict bodily harm, with burglary with a weapon and
battery. They did not file the attempted murder charge that had
been recommended by police, reported the Associated Press.
A spokesman for Nowak's attorney declined to comment because he
hadn't seen the charges. Nowak is free on bond with an ankle
Nowak believed Colleen Shipman was romantically involved with
Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, a pilot during space shuttle
Discovery's trip to the space station last December, according to
police and reported by
"We are pleased that the Office of State Attorney analyzed the
facts and the law and was receptive to our input in deciding to
formally charge Lisa Nowak," said Kepler Funk, Shipman's
Police say they found pepper spray, a BB-gun, a new steel
mallet, a knife,and rubber tubing in Nowak's car.
Nowak's lawyer, Donald Lykkebak, has said she only wanted to
talk to Shipman.
In a statement issued Friday, Lykkebak said, "the State's
current assessment still overstates the conduct. We believe that
when all the facts are closely examined, this is a very different
He promised a vigorous defense of Nowak's not guilty plea.
Nowak had been scheduled to be the ground communicator with the
space shuttle Atlantis crew scheduled to launch on a mission to the
international space station no earlier than late April.
"As of this morning, there is no change in her status and I do
not have information on what her status will be when the 30-day
leave is up," said NASA spokesman James Hartsfield in Houston.