Capobiancos to speak in OK; family court hearing scheduled

Capobiancos to speak in OK; family court hearing scheduled
Matt and Melanie Capobianco
Matt and Melanie Capobianco

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP/WCSC) - Veronica's adoptive parents are set to speak at a press conference in Oklahoma Wednesday morning to discuss their efforts to bring the 3-year-old child back to South Carolina.

Matt and Melanie Capobianco are set to speak at a hotel in downtown Tulsa at 11 a.m. EST.  You'll be able to watch the press conference live right here.

A statement released Tuesday night stated,"As promised by the Capobiancos, they have traveled to Oklahoma in hopes of seeing their daughter and bringing her home. They will discuss where they are in that process and we will update press regarding ongoing legal efforts."

Meanwhile, another Charleston County Family Court hearing will be held on Wednesday afternoon.  Attorneys for Veronica's biological father, Dusten Brown, requested the hearing.

Earlier Tuesday, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's office said Fallin would not sign an extradition warrant for Brown, and will wait for a court hearing on Sept. 12 before taking action.

"As governor, my job is to ensure the law is upheld. My legal staff and I are currently reviewing the request for rendition of Mr. Brown to South Carolina," said Gov. Fallin in a press release."Should that request adhere to the letter and spirit of the law, I will sign it. My hope, however, continues to be that sending Mr. Brown to face criminal charges in South Carolina is unnecessary."

Fallin's office announced earlier on Tuesday that it had received the request from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to extradite Brown.

According to a statement by Fallin's office, the governor will not act on the warrant before Sept. 12 when Brown is scheduled to contest the legality of his arrest warrant in Sequoyah County Court.

"We are pleased that the Governors from the respective states are communicating and attempting to facilitate a non-judicial resolution to the legal controversies involving our client, Dusten Brown and his daughter Veronica," said Brown's attorney in a statement released Tuesday evening."On behalf of our client we are open to such dialogue and will certainly follow through on Governor Fallin's suggestions."

Brown was charged over the weekend with custodial interference after failing to appear at a court-ordered meeting in South Carolina, where the adoptive parents, Matt and Melanie Capobianco, live. He turned himself in to authorities in Oklahoma on Monday and was released after posting bond. He refused to be extradited without a governor's warrant.

"As a mother, my heart goes out to Veronica, who has been placed in a terrible situation. I can also imagine the pain that both her adopted and biological parents are feeling," Fallin said in her statement Tuesday.""To be clear, the legal system cannot deliver a happy ending in this case. Only Mr. Brown and the Capobianco family can do that. For Veronica's sake, I urge them to reconcile and to come to an agreement that best serves their child and grants all parties some measure of peace."

Governor Nikki Haley signed the governor's warrant on Monday.  It was then "over-nighted" to Oklahoma.

Veronica remains in the care of her paternal grandparents and Dusten Brown's wife, Robin Brown, at an undisclosed location in Oklahoma.

Brown's current whereabouts are also unknown.

The Capobiancos raised Veronica for two years before the SC Supreme Court ordered them to turn her over to Brown in January of 2011, citing the Indian Child Welfare Act. In June, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the law does not apply to this case.

The SC Supreme Court then reconvened and ruled Veronica would be returned to the Capobiancos.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.