SANTA BARBARA ( KTLA ) -- U.S. officials have denied a request by prosecutors to extradite actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi from Canada.
The couple left the U.S. last year after officials in California issued a warrant for their arrest on charges including trespassing and vandalism after they were found living in the guest house of a property they formerly owned.
The Quaids later turned up in Canada and applied for refugee status, claiming they were being persecuted by "Hollywood star whackers."
Evi, whose father is Canadian, was subsequently granted citizenship.
The pair was arrested last October in a shopping area of a Vancouver neighborhood on outstanding U.S. warrants.
The Quaids are wanted on vandalism charges after they allegedly squatted in the guesthouse of their former home in Santa Barbara. They fled to Canada after missing a court hearing in the case.
They allege that her famous friends, including David Carradine and Heath Ledger, were "murdered" under strange circumstances and feared something similar would happen to her and her husband next.
"We feel our lives are in danger," she said. "Randy has known eight close friends murdered in odd, strange manners. We feel that we're next."
Deputies arrested the Quaids at a Montecito home last year on suspicion that they were living in the guest house of a home they previously owned.
A contractor showed police more than $5,000 in damages to the guest house. It's believed that damage was caused by the Quaids.
The Quaids told deputies they had owned the property since the 1990s.
An attorney for the property owner who contacted police provided documents that showed his client bought the home in 2007 -- from a man who had purchased it from the Quaids several years before.
The Quaids have had several encounters with the law in recent years.
Last September, the couple was charged with defrauding an innkeeper of more than $10,000, as well as conspiracy and burglary, after an invalid credit card was used at San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito.
An invalid card was also used at The Biltmore in Santa Barbara, according to Senior Deputy District Attorney Arnie Tolks.
Felony charges were later dropped against Randy Quaid, 59.
Evi Quaid, 47, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of defrauding an innkeeper and was sentenced to three years' probation. She was also ordered to perform 240 hours of community service.
Randy Quaid has appeared in several films, including "Days of Thunder," "Independence Day" and " National Lampoon's Vacation."
He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times