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The Dog May Be Free!

8/1/2007 8:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that all Mexican charges may have been dropped against famed bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman and two members of his team -- including his son. We're told these photos were taken moments after Dog learned his fate. Hallelujah!

The group had been charged by a Mexican court with deprivation of liberty, after their 2003 capture of convicted serial rapist Andrew Luster in Puerto Vallarta. Chapman had traveled to Mexico to retrieve the Max Factor cosmetics heir, who was wanted in the U.S. on rape charges. Luster is now in jail, serving a 124-year term.

The Chapman crew was jailed for a brief time after the incident as bounty hunting is considered a crime in Mexico. While TMZ could not immediately confirm the ruling (because nosotros hablamos espanol only a little), Dog's attorney told us he "has received a favorable ruling from the people in Puerto Vallarta. The extent of that ruling is unknown as we are still in the process of translating it."

Dog, through his publicist, told TMZ, "Viva La Mexico!"

UPDATE: A spokesman for A&E, where Dog's show airs, gave TMZ this statement exclusively:

Earlier this week the First Criminal Court in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico dismissed all charges against Dog, Tim and Leland Chapman due to the expiration of the statute of limitations on the criminal counts pending against them. The order effectively cancelled all pending charges. The ruling is, however, subject to appeal by the prosecution in Puerto Vallarta. If an appeal is sought, it must be filed by Wednesday, August 8th. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the Chapman family as they await the prosecution's decision. More information will be posted on AETV.com as it becomes available.

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Mary    

Great news for Dog, Son, and Beth!

2640 days ago
47.

Justme    

YES YES YES........I KNEW HE WOULD BE FREE OF THESE CHARGES SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE GREAT DEED HE DID FOR ALL THE WOMEN WHO PRAYED FOR HIM AN HIS FAMILY. BETH, YOUARE ONE LUCKY LADY TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT COURAGOUSE, UNSELFISH, DOWN TO EARTH MAN AND FAMILY... GOD BLESS

2640 days ago
48.

lucky    

The Mexican govt is run by drug dealers and crooks thats why their people live in such poverty. We need to build the wall on the border and keep all their low life criminals out of our country.

2640 days ago
49.

Andrea    

That is great news! Congratulations to Dog and his Family! They did not deserve to go to prison!

2640 days ago
50.

dorwrg    

Yes!! Finally....If a serial rapist is caught, no one should be punished. I don't care if they captured him by the balls in the biggest mouse trap made by man. Dog got this creep off the streets, and if anything should be given a medal of honor for it. The mexican government deserves a swift kick in the pants, to be given by Dog in those pointed cowboy boots. I love what Dog and his family do, and I think they are great people. Keep getting it, Dog, and God Bless You.

2640 days ago
51.

maj3318    

i am so excited! this is amazing! i love Dog Leland and Tim. and i knew the charges would be dropped because they are amazing people that helped put a serious criminal behind bars! God bless Duane Leland Tim and the rest of the Chapman's! :]]

2640 days ago
52.

ALL    

Yeeeeaaahhh! I have been worried for him. Go dog! (And beth)!

2640 days ago
53.

SUN    

#47 Shut the hell up, we are not talking about borders,walls or drug- dealers. Please re-read the post, so you can make an intelligent comment.

2640 days ago
54.

F0RtUnE tElLeR    

He is a CONVICTED felon for murder. He got a break and was given a tv show. Big deal. Are we supposed to forget he has MURDERED AND SPENT TIME IN THE TEXAS PEN!!!!!!!!! I wish Mexico would have locked his old ugly tail up and thrown away the key. I can't stand him or the show!!!!!!!!!!

2640 days ago
55.

Lyll    

So many of you are missing the point. It is not about being a hillbilly, a marriage, a daughter's death, clothing styles or even if you like or dislike the Chapmans but it is about a bounty hunter securing freedom for the woman that Andrew Luster raped. That team made those women feel free to open up the doors to their homes and venture outside without the paralyzing fear that Andrew Luster would rape and hurt them again. Dog, team and family should have not had to go thru this. They did a good them by taking away Andrew Luster's freedom and securing his victim's freedoms. I didn't see any other bounty hunter have the courage to do what they did for no pay. Dog Chapman was a boy who went to jail but came out a man that hd learned his lesson and turned around his life to become a productive member of society. Isn't that what we want to happen to those who go to jail? What you see on the show is a man that has purity of heart when it comes to his fellow man. No matter how mad he gets or how much he yells or rants, he gives the fugitives he catches kindness and hope. How many times have we seen him talk to them and offer them hope for a better life?! I am just glad that this ordeal is over and it didn't ruin a good man's reputation.

2640 days ago
56.

lucky    

51 why dont you shut the F up if you dont like what I have to say dont read it punk ass

2640 days ago
57.

me    

I love his show and think he and Beth have hearts of gold. They are awesome. I am so glad for them and for his son. They must feel so relieved. Way to go...!

2640 days ago
58.

momwendy    

Vomit, vomit, vomit. And we care about this ridiculousness why????????

2640 days ago
59.

Mary    

Thank goodness they are cleared. It is great to see the good guys win! Way to go Dog.
Hey # 4 his family may not be perfect, but they have values and morals.
By the way, I think a lot of Hollywood stars are hillybillys with no morals and values, so don't knock the Chapman family.

2640 days ago
60.

wwefan    

that is the best thing for his kids god bless them all and dont go to mexio

2640 days ago
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