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TV bounty hunter's hearing in Mexico is pushed back

December 08, 2006|From the Associated Press

HONOLULU — A court hearing in Mexico that could drop charges against TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman or order his criminal case to proceed has been rescheduled for Dec. 22.

The hearing was to begin Monday in Guadalajara but was postponed because a report from a lower court was not received.

The 53-year-old star of the A&E reality series "Dog the Bounty Hunter" is charged under Mexican law with deprivation of liberty for his June 2003 capture of convicted rapist Andrew Luster, the great-grandson of cosmetics legend Max Factor, in Puerto Vallarta. Luster is serving a 124-year prison term.

Chapman's attorney, William Bollard, will present arguments in Mexico. Chapman is not expected at the closed hearing.

Chapman was arrested Sept. 14 along with his son and another associate and is free on $300,000 bail. He has been fighting extradition. He faces up to four years in a Mexican jail if convicted.

The capture of Luster shot the bounty hunter to fame and led to the TV series.

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