Greitens Custody Case Shifts to Texas, Lawyer Says State News

A Boone County judge ruled in favor of Sheena Greitens’ motion to move her custody battle with former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to Texas, the former Missouri first lady’s attorney confirmed.

The verdict was filed in Boone County Circuit Court on Friday, but was sealed by Associate Circuit Judge Leslie Schneider.

Sheena Greitens’ attorney, Helen Wade, confirmed in a text message to The Star that the ruling included moving the case to Texas – a move her client requested in 2021.

Sheena Greitens has claimed Eric Greit’s status as a former Missouri governor creates an “intimidating environment” for her as she fights over the couple’s custody agreement.

“The case was sent to Texas,” Wade said in the text.

The case drew national attention after Sheena Greitens filed an affidavit in March alleging Eric Greitens physically and emotionally abused her family. Allegations, which Eric Greitens immediately refuted and argued, are an attempt to undermine his campaign for the US Senate.

After Schneider filed the sealed judgment in the case, a Boone County clerk mailed a copy of the judgment to the Travis County, Texas, civil court Monday. Sheena Greitens is a professor at the University of Texas-Austin, located in Travis County.

The Star filed a motion in Boone County Circuit Court on Tuesday, asking Schneider to unseal the entire judgment. While Wade confirmed the verdict’s outcome, his details could provide more information about the abuse allegations leveled at the former governor.

Eric Greitens’ attorney, Gary Stamper, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday night.

The case was the focus of the US Senate Republican primary, in which Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt defeated Greitens and other candidates.

A political group focused on preventing Greitens from winning the party’s nomination aired television commercials detailing some of the allegations made by his ex-wife in her affidavit.

After the former governor released a video saying he was chasing people he felt were insufficiently conservative, Sheena Greiten’s attorney used the video as evidence in the case.

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