More Evidence Released in Nowak Case
NASA astronaut Lisa Marie Nowak, 43, was arrested Monday, Feb. 5, 2007, for attempting to kidnap a woman she believed was romantically involved with another astronaut she was in love with, police said.
Credit: AP Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Department

The State Attorney's Office in Orlando released more documents from the Lisa Nowak investigation Tuesday, including police reports indicating they found in the former astronaut's car multiple photographs of a woman in bondage.

Orange County Sheriff's investigators found the photographs on a floppy disk when they searched her car after her arrest Feb. 5.

"Fifteen of them were depictions of a woman in various states of dress and undress," the police reports said. "Most of the images depicted scenes of bondage. Some of these images were photographs and some were drawings."

The images, which police say aren't related to the charges, were not available late Tuesday. It was unclear whether Nowak was in them.

"All we have is the photo of that piece of paper," said Danielle Tavernier, spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office in Orlando.

Nowak is accused of attempted kidnapping, battery and tampering with evidence after police said she drove from Houston to Orlando and pepper-sprayed a romantic rival whom she intended to kidnap. Nowak told police all she wanted to do was talk to Air Force Capt. Colleen Shipman, who is stationed at Patrick Air Force Base. Both women had relationships with astronaut Bill Oefelein.

Nowak's attorney, Donald Lykkebak, did not return a call Tuesday. In court last week, Lykkebak said he would seek to have documents pertaining to some personal items blocked from public release.

"They went through her automobile and took a whole bunch of personal stuff that won't be evidence in this case," Lykkebak told Judge Marc Lubet. "It's not going to be discovery at trial, it won't be admitted at trial. This is an invasion of privacy."

Lubet began to seal documents in the case Thursday, saying he wanted the state and Nowak to have a fair trial, but reversed his decision that evening. Florida has a liberal open records law.

Also Tuesday, the state attorney released other photographs, including pictures of the wig, trench coat and gloves Nowak allegedly used during the attack. Additional photographs included Nowak's NASA and Johnson Space Center IDs, a hand-drawn map to Shipman's Cape Canaveral townhouse, a hand-written list of items for the trip, and orange pills found in wadded-up napkins. The pills were not identified.

There also were several fortunes from fortune cookies, including one that reads, "The coming month shall bring winds of change in your life."

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