Randy Quaid Released From Vermont Jail

Associated Press
Randy Quaid

Quaid and his wife are wanted in Santa Barbara on felony charges.

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont judge has released actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, from custody, and the couple said they'll now address 5-year-old criminal charges in California.

The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara on felony charges filed after they were found squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned. Court papers say the Quaids damaged or destroyed furniture, a fireplace and a mirror.

They fled to Canada and were arrested in Vermont last week while trying to re-enter the U.S. The judge freed them Thursday, saying there is no probable cause to hold them on fugitive-from-justice charges in Vermont.

The couple addressed reporters after leaving court. They said they'll stay in Vermont to care for Evi's ailing father and resolve the California charges.