Motion to dismiss granted in case between estranged spouses

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jul. 29, 2011, 8:00am

GALVESTON - The plaintiff in a lawsuit over reportedly false criminal charges had her motion to dismiss granted.

Galveston County 122nd District Court Judge John Ellisor approved Phoenix resident Stephanie Markiewicz's motion to dismiss her estranged husband, League City resident Stephen Markiewicz, earlier this month.

The dismissal ends approximately eight months of litigation between the estranged spouses.

Stephanie Markiewicz sued Stephen Markiewicz for $11,000 last October, alleging the latter committed acts intended to "keep the plaintiff from having a relationship with her children and to harm the plaintiff."

Both parties had a two-year arrangement in which she visited their children under supervision and communicated with them through emails, text messages and routed phone calls, the suit filed last Oct. 7 in the same court says.

According to the original petition, Stephen Markiewicz filed a series of reports with the League City Police Department from March to April accusing his erstwhile wife of making threatening phone calls to him.

The suit shows the district attorney declined the first three charges, but accepted the most recent complaint.

The Galveston County Sheriff's Department later arrested Stephanie Markiewicz on charges she violated a protective order.

The district attorney ultimately dropped the threat charges against her.

Stephanie Markiewicz, who reportedly had to split time between Arizona and Texas because of her legal affairs, insists "the defendant's only purpose in filing this claim was ill will" against her

Her motion entered last June 29 states that she no longer desires to prosecute the suit.

Case No. 10-cv-3880

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