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KEY WITNESS CHAVEZ LEAVES COUNTRY; KING TRIAL IN "CHAOS"
Published May 12, 1998
"Chaos reigned at Don King's fraud trial yesterday as prosecutors revealed that former boxing champ Julio Cesar Chavez has bolted for Mexico in the middle of cross- examination," according to Al Guart of the N.Y. POST. King and his production company are charged with defrauding Lloyd's of London out of $350,000 by submitting a false insurance claim from a scheduled '91 Chavez fight. Chavez testified last week that he never signed a "doctored contract submitted" to Lloyd's that claimed King paid him $350,000 in "non-refundable" training expenses. Chavez was "partially" cross-examined by King's lawyer, Peter Fleming, before the trial was delayed last week. At that time, Federal Judge Lawrence McKenna asked Chavez to remain in the U.S. and not go home to Mexico. Legal analyst Monroe Freedman said that if Chavez fails to return and testify, King's lawyers "could seek a mistrial or ask McKenna to overturn a guilty verdict" (N.Y. POST, 5/12).