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Randy Quaid, wife, miss another court hearing

Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, remain fugitives from a California court after the couple failed to appear for their arraignment on felony vandalism charges for the fourth time. A judge refused to schedule a new date for the couple, instead leaving their arrest warrants active. The actor's attorney, Robert Sanger, said Quaid's passport had been confiscated by Canadian authorities, where the pair ar
/ Source: The Associated Press

Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, remain fugitives from a California court after the couple failed to appear for their arraignment on felony vandalism charges for the fourth time.



A judge refused to schedule a new date for the couple, instead leaving their arrest warrants active.



The actor's attorney, Robert Sanger, said Quaid's passport had been confiscated by Canadian authorities, where the pair are seeking asylum.



Randy and Evi Quaid are charged with felony vandalism stemming from a September arrest after they were accused of damaging the guest house of a hillside Santa Barbara home they used to own.

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.

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.