PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Tonya Harding prepared Monday for her first questioning by the district attorney amid reports that her ex-husband was about to be arrested and that funds from the U.S. Figure Skating Association may have been used to finance the attack on Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan.
NBC News said it learned that authorities have bank and wire transfer records that could tie Jeff Gillooly to the three men already in custody in the alleged conspiracy. The network also said the records could confirm bodyguard Shawn Eckardt's claim that Gillooly financed the Jan. 6 attack in Detroit.
Shane Minoaka Stant, the man accused of clubbing Kerrigan on the leg, was scheduled to fly to Portland today under guard by sheriff's deputies after waiving extradition, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department said.
Stant turned himself in to the FBI in Phoenix last week after learning there was a warrant for his arrest in Oregon.
NBC said it confirmed a report in The Oregonian newspaper that investigators suspect Gillooly used some money, donated by Harding's supporters to finance her skating, to pay for the hit. The money, the reports said, may have come from the USFSA and other benefactors, including New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
Gillooly and Harding have denied any wrongdoing.
"I don't think Tonya would be meeting with the district attorney for any other reason except to clear her name, " said Ronald H. Hoevet, the attorney representing Gillooly. He maintained that both are innocent, but acknowledged that his client "has been on pins and needles. He's tense and nervous."
Harding sneaked out of her house close to midnight, ducking down in a Jeep to avoid being seen, and practiced for the first time since winning the U.S. Figure Skating
"When I don't skate I feel lazy," Harding said. "It's just not me."
Hours later in Stoneham, Mass., Kerrigan skated publicly for the first time since she was clubbed on the knee.
Kerrigan practiced for one hour at an ice rink in her hometown. She skated circles and spins, did small hops and executed a half-Axel, smiling and waving her arms in triumph.
She had no limp or visible effect of the injury to her right knee.
Harding is scheduled to meet with the Multnomah County district attorney's office, assistant D.A. Norm Frink said without disclosing when the meeting would take place. No meeting is set yet with Gillooly.
"We've been asking to meet with Tonya since Thursday," Frink said. "We finally have a tentative time to meet with her, but the husband is: no response.
"No final decision has been made one way or another about arresting anybody."
Gillooly, who has reconciled with Harding since their divorce last year, said through an attorney that Eckardt acted on his own in the attack and was not really Harding's bodyguard.
But a letter purportedly written by Gillooly and bearing his letterhead surfaced Monday, contradicting that.
"My wife, Tonya Harding Gillooly, is a world-class figure skater and therefore subject to unusual risk. We have engaged the protection services of Shawn Eckardt on numerous occasions both nationally and abroad. He is a capable and effective presence. Shawn is concientious (sic) of his responsibilities and has never disappointed us.
"I have every intention of utilizing his expertize (sic) in the future and cannot think of any individual that could surpass Mr. Eckardt's capabilities."
The letter, attached to Eckardt's resume, was given to reporters by Keith Lowe, an independent security coordinator for the motion picture industry in Portland, who said he wanted people to know more about Eckardt.
"He almost ruined my career," Lowe said. "He threatened me. He wanted to be a security coordinator. I got someone else to fill his spot.
"He proposed sabotaging another security company, someone who beat us out of a job, and I just got away from him. He wanted to sue me for breach of contract, then he was waiting outside my apartment all night."
Lowe told The Associated Press he received the letter from Gillooly last February, and believed it was legitimate after meeting Gillooly and Harding with Eckardt.
"Shawn and I were having lunch in a pancake house when Gillooly and Harding walked in," Lowe said. "They were talking about going to Prague in a month or so (for the World Figure Skating Championships) and Gillooly said he was going to need his services again."
Harding, however, didn't make the U.S. team for Prague.
Lowe described Eckardt as someone who "doesn't have a very good grasp on reality."
"I remember one thing he said that stuck with me: "I can't be bought, but I sure can be rented for short periods of time."'
Hoevet, Gillooly's attorney, said Eckardt was someone "Jeff had known since grade school days."
"Jeff sort of looked out for him so he wouldn't be picked on," he said. "Jeff believed he was in the security business."
Eckardt bills himself as an expert in counterintelligence and international terrorism. On his resume, he claims to have worked with a counterterrorism organization in Switzerland from 1984 to 1988. If his given age is true, he would have been 16 at the time.
He has another reference letter attached to the resume claiming he performed similar work for the Blackstone Corp. since 1984. But the contact named in the letter, W.J. Walther, disputed that and said he's done nothing more than play chess with Eckardt.
"Shawn had created a James Bond life for himself," Hoevet said. "Unfortunately, he gave himself some of that life when he attacked Nancy Kerrigan. His act is as bizarre as his resume."
In 1989, Eckardt enrolled in a correspondence course at the Executive Security Institute in Aspen, Colo., which trains corporate bodyguards, but was dropped from the program for lack of progress.
Bob Duggan, president of ESI, said Eckardt did attend an intense two-week training program at the school in 1990.
Eckardt attended Mount Hood Community College, but did not graduate. He currently is enrolled in a paralegal course at Pioneer Pacific College in Wilsonville.
There, he met people now familiar in the Kerrigan assault case: Gary Crowe, the Portland private investigator who teaches the course; Eugene Saunders, a minister also enrolled in the course to whom Eckardt confided; and Sarah Bergman, 20, a classmate Eckardt may have been trying to impress.
"I think she's provided the motive for Eckardt to say the things he's said," Hoevet said. "He wanted to be a big man and he wanted to be a bodyguard for other figure skaters and I think that's why."
Bergman came forward during the weekend, alleging Eckardt had told her about plans for an assault on Kerrigan.
She said Eckardt was down to his last $35, but talked of having paid $55,000 for the "hit." She said Eckardt had told her Gillooly "was the mastermind behind this," and said Eckardt believed that after the attack other skaters would hire him for protection.
That Harding and Gillooly hired someone who would do this "crazy, crazy thing," is devastating to them, Hoevet said.
"This is a tragedy for Tonya Harding, who has worked long and hard for this moment," Hoevet said. "If Tonya recovers from this, she's always going to be tarnished by it because Shawn Eckardt has done this to her. This is a case where there are two victims."