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Prosecutors change deadline for Leaf to turn himself in

Posted: Updated: June 11, 2009 03:54 PM PDT
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A Texas district attorney changed the deadline for former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf to turn himself in on drug and burglary charges.  That deadline was today (Tuesday).  Now, if Leaf doesn't turn himself in by Thursday, prosecutors say they'll go find him in British Columbia where he's believed to be living.

Randall County Criminal District Attorney James Farren said he believes Leaf, who is reportedly in a drug rehabilitation program in British Columbia, is stalling.  Leaf's lawyers have said he's not delaying and that he's not a fugitive from justice. 

Bill Kelly, one of Leaf's attorneys said last week Leaf would return to Texas to face drug and burglary charges this week.

Prosecutor Lacy Miller says a warrant was issued May 20 when Leaf was indicted. Miller says Leaf has been working in British Columbia.

The ex-Washington State University and San Diego Chargers quarterback is charged with burglary to a habitation. Leaf also was indicted on seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance.

Leaf used to coach quarterbacks at West Texas A&M before he resigned last November. He also worked as the school's golf coach.

A court in Randall County, Tex. indicted Leaf back in May on allegations he broke into a one of his former player's apartment and stole his Hydrocondone medication.  The player had been prescribed the painkiller because of an injury.

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