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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

U.S. Astronaut Accused of Attempted Murder

ORLANDO, Florida -- A married U.S. astronaut was accused of attempted murder and trying to kidnap a rival for another astronaut's affections Tuesday, and held in jail.

Navy Captain Lisa Nowak, who flew on the space shuttle Discovery last July, drove 1,500 kilometers from Houston to Orlando -- wearing diapers so she would not have to stop to urinate -- to assault a woman she considered competition for the affections of a male astronaut, police said.

Nowak was granted release on $15,500 bail earlier Tuesday on an attempted kidnapping charge and was ordered to wear a satellite device to allow authorities to track her. But then she was ordered held pending the new charge.

"There will be no release today. The Orlando police are filing additional charges of attempted first-degree murder," spokesman Allen Moore said.

Nowak was expected to appear at a hearing on the new charge Wednesday.

Nowak, 43, a flight engineer with three children, disguised herself in a dark wig, glasses and trench coat to confront Colleen Shipman at Orlando International Airport but said she "only wanted to scare" the woman, police said.

She carried black gloves, a folding knife with a 10-centimeter blade, rubber tubing and trash bags, police said.