Trey Parker’s decision to skip a court hearing in Hawaii has forced the delay of a burglary trial.
Former police officer Joseph Bonachita stands accused of breaking into the the South Parker creator’s home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai back in 2009. The man also allegedly threatened Parker and a woman with a knife.
Trey Parker was subpoenaed to testify in the case against Bonachita. When he skipped the court hearing last week, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
However, attorney Justin Kollar explained that the warrant was never turned over to police. Kollar said that Parker’s lawyer contacted his office and explained that there was some sort of scheduling conflict. A judge delayed the trial until June 3 as a result.
Although Kollar was upset by Parker’s absence, the South Park star’s lawyer explained that the trial would have ultimately been delayed for other reasons.
“Had he actually flown out here he would have essentially flown out here for no reason. I guess you could call it no harm, no foul,” attorney Mark Zenger said.
As for why Trey Parker skipped the recent court hearing, Zenger said it was a simple misunderstanding. He explained that his client had gotten “his wires crossed on this last hearing.” Zenger added that he Parker was very sorry for an problems he may have caused.
While there have been attempts to reach a plea agreement in Bonachita’s case, negotiations have thus far been unsuccessful. The former police officer is currently free on bail.
Trey Parker lives part-time on the island Hawaiian of Kauai. An episode of South Park which aired last year had a bit of fun at island residents’ expense. Parker and co-creator Matt Stone’s animated series has been on the air since 1997.
A report earlier this year suggested that Parker and Stone are currently working on a big-screen adaptation of their award-winning musical The Book of Mormom. Few details about the project are currently available.
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