Singer Chris Brown's assault trial delayed to next week

Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:42pm EDT
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By Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Singer Chris Brown's assault trial was delayed on Friday, when a Washington, D.C., judge put off a verdict for the R&B artist's bodyguard whose trial on the same charge is scheduled to conclude first.

District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn said she will need until Monday to consider the evidence and decide the verdict in the misdemeanor assault trial of bodyguard Christopher Hollosy, accused of assaulting a man who tried to photograph Brown.

"I'm not ready to return a verdict now," Wynn said, after testimony concluded on Friday in the trial, which is being decided by a judge rather than a jury.

Hollosy is accused of punching in the face a man who angered Brown after trying to snap a photo of the singer outside a Washington, D.C., hotel on October 27, 2013. He is charged with misdemeanor assault.

Brown, who faces the same charge, is accused of hitting the same man seconds before Hollosy did.

Brown's trial is scheduled to begin immediately after the judge's verdict in the Hollosy trial. The decision to delay that verdict for three days pushes back Brown's case.

Brown, 24, wore a dark suit as he was escorted into court by marshals on Friday but said nothing and was escorted back to a jail cell minutes later.

Parker Adams, 20, the man who tried to photograph Brown, said he suffered a broken nose and other injuries to his face.   Continued...

R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, appears in court for allegedly violating his probation, in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson