Duane 'Dog' Chapman, the popular star of the A&E reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter", married his longtime companion, Beth Smith, on Saturday, in a bittersweet ceremony after they received the devastation news that the bounty hunter's 23-year-old daughter, Katy Chapman, was killed in a car accident near her home in Fairbanks, Alaska, the day before. After discussions with his 10 surviving children and a pastor, Chapman decided to go ahead with the wedding on Hawaii's Big Island.
Michael Feeney, senior vice president of A&E television network which broadcast Chapman's show, says, "They all decided unanimously they should celebrate the wedding and her life."
Ironically, Katy did not follow her father into a life of crime-fighting like her other siblings. A report in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner say police reported that Katy and a friend, Scott Standefer, spent the day at the Chena Hot Springs Resort, then left after Standefer tried to rent a room using a stolen credit card. The pair was headed toward Fairbanks shortly before 5 p.m. when the stolen car they were in went off the road at about 90 mph, rolled over and slammed into some trees. Family members told the newspaper the two had struggled with drug addiction.
The bounty hunter refused to wear a tux and opted for white jeans to match his white vest and boots in the ceremony. The wedding airs August 8th on A&E.
Dog and Beth have postponed their honeymoon to Fiji for now. They've been together for 16 years and have two children.