News: Lil' Wayne's New York Gun Case Scheduled, Weapon May Be Key Evidence
Tuesday, Feb 24, 2009 1:07PM
Lil' Wayne will be headed to court this spring as a judge has scheduled a trial date for the rapper's felony gun possession case and admitted a weapon as evidence.
The long-awaited decision was made on Tuesday (February 24).
A New York City judge says a handgun found on rapper Lil Wayne's tour bus can be used as evidence at his trial. Justice Charles Solomon set April 20 as the hip-hopper's trial date. (The Associated Press)
One of Weezy's assistants testified in a New York court last fall saying he "occasionally" saw guns and drugs on the rapper's tour bus.
Wayne's assistant Terry Bourgeois took the stand yesterday (October 19) in regards to the case, to address whether or not he believed there was a gun on the vehicle. Despite saying he had no knowledge of any weapons in the vehicle at the time, Bourgeois did confess to "occasionally" seeing a handgun and people smoking marijuana while on the same tour bus on separate occasions. Although he also said he never saw Wayne in possession of a firearm. (Newsday)
Despite his testimony, the rapper's lawyer previously said police had no right to search the vehicle.
Stacey Richman, appeared in court yesterday (September 10) debunking recent statements made by NY police officer Diane Hornung who testified against the rapper earlier this week. While Hornung claims she noticed marijuana smoke coming from his tour bus following a concert on July 22, 2007, Richman pointed out the officer's distance being an outstanding factor. "She wasn't anywhere near where she said she was [at the time of the incident]," he said. (New York's Daily News)
Weezy originally appeared in court last September at a pre-trial hearing addressing the accusations.
New York police officer Diane Hornung testified that on July 22nd of last year she boarded Weezy's tour bus after identifying marijuana smoke coming from its open door. While on the bus she claims to have seen the rapper (born Dwayne Carter) sitting on a bed and trying to conceal a bag which she said held a loaded .40 caliber handgun. The rapper had just finished performing at a concert at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre. (SOHH)