Monday, July 25, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE — The husband and family of Nique Leili reached an agreement Monday afternoon regarding her remains, granting control to her daughter and avoiding a hearing that had been scheduled for this morning in Gwinnett County Probate Court.
Leili’s body was found in the woods near the entrance of her Oak Village subdivision in Lawrenceville on July 16, more than a week after she had gone missing. Husband Matt Leili would typically have rights to her remains.
Though he has not been charged with any crime, Matt Leili is the lone suspect identified by police in his wife’s homicide, which raised the ire of the rest of the victim’s family and led them to hire a lawyer in pursuit of rights to her body.
Amy Elk, the sister of Nique Leili, confirmed Monday that the two parties had reached an agreement giving Leili’s remains to her 19-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Alexandra Page.
“Alexandra has control of the remains and Matthew Leili will be allowed to have his own memorial service coordinated through our funeral home,” Elk said in an email.
Attempts to contact attorneys for each party were unsuccessful Monday.
Matt Leili has maintained his innocence since being identified by police as a suspect. A statement previously released through Lawrenceville attorney Lyle Porter said that Matt Leili “has done nothing wrong.”
The next legal battle for the two sides will involve custody of the Leilis’ two daughters, ages 9 and 12, who family members say Matt Leili has isolated from them.
Nique Leili’s father, Douglas Chatham, has filed for custody of the children. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.