Dog The Bounty Hunter Is Still Trying To Overturn His Murder Conviction
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Dog The Bounty Hunter says he still hopes to clear his name of a murder conviction that saw him jailed when he was younger.
Duane Chapman was convicted after a drug deal went bad and his accomplice shot and killed 69-year-old Jerry Oliver in 1976.
But despite the fact he was waiting in the car at the time and played no part in the shooting, under Texas law, Dog was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to five years in prison.
To this day, he is not allowed to enter the UK and it is the reason he always used a taser or bear spray in his show, rather than live rounds.
Now, more than 40 years later, the 66-year-old is still hoping to get a pardon from the state for the crime.
This, he says, would allow him to fulfill his childhood ambition of becoming a real sheriff which, he told The New York Times, would definitely be turned into a show.
He said: "I think it'd be a hit."
In an honest and frank interview with the publication, the father of 12 said he is struggling to cope with life after Beth, who died last year following a battle with cancer. And her medical bills have left him in desperate need of money.
He said: "I'm broke."
Dog is currently on the hunt for a fugitive from Hawaii. The bond, which is worth $1.5 million (£1.15m), is the biggest he's ever written, and there'a a lot riding on it. He told the Times that if he doesn't catch his man, the bank will take his Colorado home.
Speaking about his difficulty to process her death, Dog's manager at Brillstein Entertainment, Amy Weiss, said: "Dog's very lonely. I was there at many points in the hospital with him, and it was very difficult.
"He's lost, but he knows he must go on and provide for his family."
After Beth's passing in June last year, Dog was admitted to hospital after suffering a pulmonary embolism (a blockage of one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs) - which he had put down to testosterone supplements.
He later discharged himself against medical advice, pushing a member of staff against a wall as he tried to leave.
Television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz staged an intervention Dog at the time, and said he was in a very dark place.
He said: "Does Dog want to live or not? Dog told me a dream where Beth said, 'Big Daddy, what took you so long? Maybe she's waiting, what am I living for?'"
Adding: "The irony is he's a man who everyone relies on for advice. He was crutching so much on Beth - how are you going to show up in your own life?"
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