By T.K. Stewart
BoxingScene.com has learned and The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that Roger Mayweather, who failed to appear in court in Las Vegas this past Friday, will make his court appearance first thing Thursday morning.
Heeding to the advice of family members and friends, Mayweather, 48, decided to take the necessary preparations to come forth and answer the charges.
The Las Vegas Sun reported Wednesday that Mayweather's attorney, the colorful James L. "Bucky" Buchanan, filed a motion to recall the bench warrant that was issued for his failure to appear. Mayweather was to have been arraigned for battery-strangulation and felony coercion charges stemming from an Aug. 2 incident involving a woman he formerly trained.
Mayweather's exact location is unknown, but a source told BoxingScene that he never left the Las Vegas area during the past week. This may be an important point in tomorrow's proceedings in determining whether Mayweather may be a possible flight risk.
Mayweather has been in contact with his attorney who filed the motion with the court on his behalf. The motion is the first step in a legal maneuver that would allow the bench warrant to be rescinded. If that happens, Mayweather would be able to avoid jail time for his failure to appear.
The judge will decide tomorrow whether Mayweather's reason for missing the Oct. 2 court date is valid - or believable. If Mayweather's reason is unconvincing, he will be jailed for the failure to appear.
Buchanan is a colorful criminal defense attorney based in Las Vegas who was once the star of his own short-lived but wildly entertaining reality show on Court TV called Las Vegas Law.
While Roger Mayweather is a colorful and controversial character in his own right, Buchanan is known as one of the most interesting characters there is in all of Las Vegas. He drives a Bentley and regularly goes on big game hunts to Africa, where he once shot a 1,500 pound elephant. The hunt alone cost him $65,000. Buchanan wears flashy jewelry and has an affinity for the finer things in life namely boats and cars. The word around Vegas is that he will defend anybody that has the cash to pay him. His office reportedly handles upwards of 5,000 cases per year.
A call to Buchanan's office seeking comment on the Mayweather matter was not immediately returned.