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Old 11-02-2010, 07:09 PM   #1
Patrick Chewing
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Default The sad state of Randy Quaid

Randy Quaid and his wife remained in Canada on Tuesday and missed a mandatory arraignment, but their attorney says he may have proof they weren't illegally squatting at a California home where they were recently arrested.

The Quaids are seeking asylum in Canada, saying they fear a group they've dubbed the "Hollywood star whackers." Randy Quaid's attorney said the actor was required to remain there until a Nov. 8 immigration hearing.

Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck agreed not to issue a bench warrant for the Golden Globe-winning actor and not forfeit his $500,000 bond, but the judge did not grant similar leniency to his wife.

Geck issued a warrant for Evi Quaid, and prosecutors said they may eventually seek extradition to return her to the coastal town where the Quaids have faced two criminal court cases and have missed numerous court appearances.

Their most recent arrest came in September, when deputies arrested the Quaids while they were living in the guest house of a home they formerly owned. They were later charged with felony vandalism, accused of causing more than $5,000 in damage to the property.

The Quaids missed an arraignment in mid-October and were arrested days later in a posh shopping area of Vancouver.

They immediately sought refugee status and through an attorney said they were fearful of "star whackers" who they say may have had a role in the deaths of stars such as David Carradine and Heath Ledger. Carradine was found hanging in a Bangkok hotel room, and Ledger died of accidental drug overdose in New York City.

Attorney Robert Sanger told Geck on Tuesday that he suspected a deed transferring the home the couple formerly owned had been forged. He said he did not have definitive proof but would work in the next two weeks to confirm his hunch.

"There may be a claim of right -- as strange as that may seem -- to the property in this case," Sanger said.

Deputy District Attorney Anthony Harris said Sanger's assertion was premature and didn't properly explain why the Quaids didn't appear in court.

"This is now the third court appearance where they've promised to be here," Harris said. "There's no guarantee they're going to be here in two weeks if the bonds aren't forfeited."

Sanger declined comment after the hearing, and Harris said he could not discuss any investigation regarding the deed of the home where the Quaids were arrested.

The couple had previously been charged with defrauding an innkeeper after an invalid credit card was used at a Montecito ranch. The case against Randy Quaid was eventually dropped. Evi Quaid was placed on misdemeanor probation, which was revoked after her recent arrest and missed court dates.
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