Randy Quaid and Wife Evi Released from Custody in Vermont

Judge released them without bail, said there was no probable cause to hold them.

October 15, 2015, 2:52 PM

— -- Today was Independence Day for actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, who, in a surprising turn of events, were set free from a Vermont courtroom, after a judge unexpectedly released them.

Shortly after being unshackled, the pair walked out of the courtroom into a throng of media, where Quaid, the 65-year-old star of "Independence Day," jokingly asked if there were any prison movies filming in the area.

Randy and Evi Quaid on the streets of St. Albans. Randy asks if there are any prison movies shooting in the area pic.twitter.com/bw8kgTxB33

— Staci DaSilva (@StaciDaSilva) October 15, 2015

The couple made an appearance in a Vermont court today on charges of being fugitives from justice.

PHOTO: Randy Quaid arrives in court in Vermont, Oct. 15, 2015.
Randy Quaid arrives in court in Vermont, Oct. 15, 2015.

At first, Judge Alison Arms ruled that there was not enough probable cause to extradite the Quaids to California, where they are facing felony charges for vandalism. Instead, after a one-hour hearing, she set bond for the couple at $50,000 each and ordered them to remain in Vermont.

But shortly after making her ruling, Arms called everyone back into court and order the couple to be freed without bail because of a lack of probable cause. However the Santa Barbara DA said it is pursuing a governor's warrant, which allows extradition. If the Quaids leave Vermont, the DA's office said it expects they will be taken into custody on the original arrest warrant.

Court quickly put back in session. The Quaids are released. Getting more details pic.twitter.com/dKjHcMZggS

— Staci DaSilva (@StaciDaSilva) October 15, 2015