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Greitens family court hearing canceled due to media attention, concern for kids

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

A Friday hearing over the future of Eric and Sheena Greitens' family court case was called off Monday.

A judge agreed that both parents will submit their sides of the case in written statements by Friday instead of coming to the Boone County courthouse for an in-person hearing.

The judge will ultimately decide whether or not to grant Sheena's request to move the case to Texas, where she currently lives.

Liz Magee, an advocate for the couple's children, called Monday's hearing out of concern for the children and due to the media attention surrounding the case.

Sheena Greitens has accused Eric of physically abusing her and their children. Those allegations are now the subject of anti-Greitens campaign ad in his run for the U.S. Senate.

An ad posted by the political action committee Show Me Values uses quotes from Sheena's court affidavit regarding abuse of her and her children.

Sheena's attorney has also complained of threats against her after an ad Greitens made for his campaign.

All attorneys agreed in canceling Friday's hearing, and instead submitting their arguments on paper.

Gary Stamper, who is representing Eric, and Helen Wade, who is representing Sheena, both said their clients want the case resolved as soon as possible.

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Leila is a Penn State graduate who started with KMIZ in March 2021. She studied journalism and criminal justice in college.

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