Ex-astronaut wants pepper spray charge tossed

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by Associated Press


Posted on October 7, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 7 at 12:02 PM




ORLANDO, Fla. -- Lawyers for a former astronaut accused of

driving 1,000 miles to confront a romantic rival are asking a judge

to toss one of three criminal charges she faces.

The charge is called "burglary with an assault or battery with

a weapon."

Lisa Nowak's attorneys say it isn't applicable because the

pepper spray she allegedly wielded isn't a dangerous weapon and

didn't touch her alleged victim.

Nowak was not expected in court in Orlando, Fla., for a hearing


Authorities allege she drove from Houston to Orlando in February

2007 to confront Colleen Shipman, who had begun dating Nowak's love

interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.

The trial is set for Dec. 7. The other charges against Nowak are

attempted kidnapping and battery with assault.


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