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Ex-Gator Maxwell back in jail over child support

Associated Press
Published January 21, 2005


SEATTLE - Former NBA and Florida Gators star Vernon Maxwell was jailed in Washington state after his arrest on an outstanding warrant from Florida charging him with failing to pay child support, authorities said.

Jail officials in King County, Wash., confirmed Wednesday that Maxwell, 39, was being held pending transportation back to Florida. He has waived extradition.

At this point, "it's just a matter of when somebody comes to pick him up," said Reed Holtgeerts, interim jail director.

Maxwell was transferred to Alachua County from Georgia in April 2004 to face a felony charge of failure to pay more than $160,000 in child support for his 16-year-old son with Myra Jenkins of Gainesville. He was released April 20 on $20,000 bond and ordered not to leave the county until the case was resolved.

A warrant was issued for Maxwell's arrest Dec. 9 when he failed to appear for a case-management hearing. He was booked into jail in King County on Jan. 12 and was being held without bail pending extradition.

Jenkins told the Gainesville Sun that Maxwell has not made a direct child support payment since May 2001.

Jenkins received a $1,800 payment, part of a 1 percent purge of Maxwell's bond, when he was released from Alachua County Jail last spring, the Sun reported.

Maxwell, a three-time all-Southeastern Conference selection, played at Florida from 1985-88.