Ex-Astronaut Lisa Nowak Wants Monitoring Bracelet Removed

Ex-Astronaut Lisa Nowak Wants Monitoring Bracelet Removed
Lisa Nowak
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updated 08/24/2007 at 01:00 PM EDT

originally published 08/24/2007 01:00PM

Former astronaut Lisa Nowak asked a judge on Friday to let her remove her electronic monitoring bracelet, but the woman she's accused of pepper-spraying in a love triangle objected out of fear Nowak will attack again.

"When I'm home alone and there's nobody there with me, it is a comfort," Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman said of Nowak's ankle bracelet, according to the Associated Press.

In a hearing in Orlando, Fla., Nowak said the GPS monitoring device cuts her ankle and gets in the way of her military boot laces. She promised to abide by court orders if the bracelet device is removed, including avoiding contact with her alleged romantic rival, Shipman.

Nowak, a 44-year-old Navy pilot, has pleaded innocent to attempted kidnapping, battery and burglary with assault.

Nowak, a mother of three, was arrested on Feb. 5 in Florida after allegedly driving 900 miles from her Texas home to confront Shipman, who was dating her former lover, space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.

Police captured Nowak at the Orlando International Airport and reported finding a BB gun, steel mallet, knife and rubber tubing in her car.

After she was charged, NASA fired her.

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