Deployed Soldier's Custody Case Delayed

Friday, February 9th 2007, 10:16 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ A child custody case involving an Oklahoma National Guard soldier who is serving in Iraq is being postponed until he returns from duty.

Payne County Judge Robert Murphy agreed to a request by military attorneys to delay the case while Specialist David Knight serves with the Guard's 245th Engineer Company.

Knight has had custody of his 12-year-old daughter since his 1997 divorce from Clarissa Stephens. He named his parents as guardians for the girl during his deployment.

Stephens filed a motion for custody in August while Knight was training in New Jersey. The motion was granted but later rescinded when the judge learned Knight had been sent to Iraq.

Stephens then filed a second motion for custody in October and it's that motion which is being postponed.