Bad, bad news for fans of Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman. Despite an injunction request by Chapman, a federal court has cleared the way for Chapman to be extradited to face charges in Mexico for deprivation of liberty (I assume this applies to Leland and Tim too). These charges stem back to Dog's June 2003 arrest after he captured that pig rapist and Max Factor heir, Andrew Luster, who fled the U.S. days before his conviction. Dog was arrested by Mexican officials because bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — A federal court has cleared the way for TV bounty hunter Duane 'Dog' Chapman to be extradited to face charges in Mexico, court officials said. Norma Jara, a spokeswoman for the second district court in Guadalajara, said the court rejected Chapman's injunction request, ruling there was no reason not to try him with the charge of deprivation of liberty of Mexico.
"We only just heard about the Mexican court's decision to continue with the extradition proceedings, and are still in shock," Chapman and his wife, Beth, said in a statement issued Thursday night in Honolulu. "Our attorneys have not even been formally informed of the court's decision, as of yet," they said.
"We are obviously deeply disappointed and fearful of what will happen, and are currently absorbing the news and discussing our options at this time."
Mexican authorities had already asked for Chapman's extradition from Hawaii. Chapman's lawyers argued he would not be guaranteed a fair trial in Mexico, Jara said. The charges against the 53-year-old star of the A&E reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" stem from his June 2003 capture of convicted rapist Andrew Luster, the Max Factor heir, in Puerto Vallarta, 210 miles west of Guadalajara.
Chapman was arrested Sept. 14 along with his son and another associate and released on $300,000 bail. He faces up to four years in a Mexican jail if convicted. Luster's capture shot the Honolulu-based bounty hunter to fame and led to the TV series. His disappearance set off an international manhunt by police, FBI and bounty hunters trying to recoup some of the bond money. Luster is serving a 124-year prison term.
Current mood: FUMING.
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