Court Battle May Be Over For Duane "Dog" Chapman

Duane "Dog" Chapman
Duane "Dog" Chapman

By Paul Drewes

(KHNL) - The "Dog" celebrates a judges ruling that could mean the end to his legal troubles in Mexico.

Duane Chapman got word today the case against him could be dropped by Mexican prosecutors.

He had been arrested for capturing fugitive Andrew Luster, because bounty hunting is illegal in Mexico.

Fans came out to catch a glimpse of the elusive bounty hunter and celebrate the start of his nationwide book tour.

But they also got a chance to celebrate with the "Dog" over his legal news.

Long before Duane "Dog" Chapman arrives, a crowd of dog fans gathers at Kahala Mall.

"I love the Dog!" says one fan, who lined up to get an autograph.

Some came early in the morning, just to get a spot close to the world renowned bounty hunter, others came from around the country.

"We saw that there would be a "Dog" book signing and we planned our vacation to Hawaii around this," says Marcella Rice, a California resident.

And with a rock star welcome, the "Dog" arrives.

Chapman is here to kick off a national signing tour of his new book "You can run but you can't hide".   And gives the waiting crowd the day's good news.

"How can you believe the day the Mexican government drops charges against the "Dog", Leland and Tim, is the day the book comes out!" says Duane Chapman.

Chapman is expected to get the paperwork from Mexico on Friday, and will know more about the decision by the judge. But in the meantime, fans are delighted not only meeting the "Dog" but also hearing his legal troubles could be over.

And along with giving fans their long awaited autographs, the "Dog" also celebrates with the crowd, this new chapter in his life.

"The weight has been lifted off my chest, hallelujah, the good guy won!" adds Chapman.

The Dog's lawyer says there is still some uncertainty over his charges, as to whether Mexican prosecutors will bring them up again, but for now, they remain optimistic.