News: Lil Wayne's Felony Drug Case Put On Hold
Friday, Oct 2, 2009 11:40AM
Grammy-winning rapper Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter has reportedly had his Arizona felony drug and weapons case delayed until next year.
The decision to move the case until 2010 was made Thursday (October 1) afternoon.
Lil Wayne will go on trial next March on felony drug possession and weapons charges he faces in Yuma County, Arizona. The trial date was set during a court hearing in Yuma on Thursday, it will take place at 1:30 p.m. March 30, 2010. A final trial management conference will also be scheduled by written court order and take place about two weeks before the trial. Chief criminal Yuma County Attorney Roger Nelson says his office doesn't offer misdemeanor plea deals on such cases and that's probably one of the reasons why the case hasn't been resolved. (New Lil Wayne)
He was previously granted additional time to prepare for a fall hearing.
Carter's motor home had originally been stopped and searched at Dateland, near Yuma. Border Patrol agents reportedly found drugs and weapons in the vehicle. This week, after several delays, Carter was back in court in Yuma, only to be told to come back in October. The attorney for the rapper has requested additional information from the Border Patrol, concerning the search, and the use of K-9's. The defense attorney is now asking for an evidence list from the scene. The judge granted the defense requests, delaying the trial once again. (KXO Radio)
In addition to the evidence list, Weezy's attorneys wanted additional time to inspect the canines' trainers.
Another concern his lawyers had was confusion on what the canines were trained to search for, whether it was humans, drugs or both. Now the judge is allowing Lil Wayne's attorneys to interview the dog handlers. (KYMA News)
Attorney James Tilson told an Arizona judge, over the summer, that the United States Border Patrol had not yet released records he requested at the beginning of the year.
Tilson said border officials told the Yuma County Attorney's Office they do not plan to release the training record of the drug-sniffing dog used in the incident. "If the dog is not reliable, then that puts the entire probable cause for the stop into question," he said. Tilson also plans to renew a request for any video recorded by border cameras the day the rapper was stopped. (Associated Press)
Lil Wayne will be due back in court Tuesday, March 30, 2010.
Check out past footage of Lil Wayne heading to court below: