SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (AP) - Randy Quaid and his wife are due back in a Santa Barbara courthouse Tuesday for two hearings that could result in arrest warrants and restraining orders if they don’t show up.
The criminal hearing will be the fourth time a judge and prosecutors have tried to arraign Randy and Evi Quaid on charges they vandalized the guesthouse of a home they used to own. Authorities have accused them of causing more than $5,000 in damage to the hillside home.
The house’s current owners are also seeking a three-year restraining order against the Quaids during a hearing Tuesday. A judge has granted a temporary restraining order against the couple, who as of last week had not responded to the case.
While not required to personally appear at the restraining order hearing, a judge is expecting the pair to be in court for their arraignment. Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Donna Geck has already forfeited a combined $1 million in bail after the Quaids failed to attend their previously scheduled arraignment on Nov. 2.
Evi Quaid also faces a probation violation hearing when she returns. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor earlier this year in a long-running case in which the couple were accused of defrauding an innkeeper. Charges were dropped against Randy Quaid, and their bill was repaid.
Prosecutor Anthony Davis said last week that he would seek new arrest warrants for the couple if they did not appear on Tuesday.
The couple’s attorney, Robert Snaggier, did not respond to an e-mail message Monday, but has said he will not comment on a pending case. He told Geck earlier this month that he suspected the deed that transferred the Quaids’ ownership of the home where they were arrested in September had been forged, but that he needed more time to be sure.
Randy Quaid, an actor known for his eccentric roles in films such as “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and “Independence Day,” and his wife have been in Canada for several weeks. They are seeking asylum from a group they’ve described as “Hollywood star-whackers” who they claim may be responsible for the deaths of actors such as Heath Ledger and David Carradine.
An immigration hearing for Randy Quaid in Vancouver has been postponed until Nov. 23. Authorities have determined Evi Quaid’s father is a Canadian citizen and that she can apply for citizenship as well.
The Quaids’ immigration attorney has said the actor risks harming his Canadian case if he leaves to attend the California court hearing, although a lawyer for the Canada Border Service Agency says Randy Quaid is free to leave.
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