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Chris Brown assault trial scheduled (again) to start Wednesday

Singer Chris Brown, second from right, leaves the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse after a court appearance on Jan. 8, in Washington. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

The misdemeanor assault trial for R&B singer Chris Brown has been continued again.

Brown, 24, is charged with striking a fan at the W Hotel on Oct. 27 after the singer rebuffed his request for a photo. After being postponed twice, the trial had been scheduled to start Wednesday in Courtroom 202 of D.C. Superior Court. His trial is now scheduled for June 25th.

Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, 35, who was also charged with misdemeanor assault, was found guilty Monday by a Superior Court judge following a two-day trial. Hollosy is scheduled to be sentenced in June and faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Brown is being tried separately. His trial was initially scheduled to start Friday; it was then rescheduled for Monday. Hollosy was originally scheduled to testify on behalf of Brown, but after he was found guilty, he decided he would not testify unless the prosecutors offered him immunity.

Hollosy’s attorneys said their client will not testify because it could jeopardize his appeal if he took the stand and said anything that incriminated himself.

Observers say it was likely that Hollosy had planned to testify that he, and only he, struck the victim, Parker Adams, 20, of Beltsville. At one of the earlier hearings in the case, a D.C. police detective said that on the night of the altercation, Hollosy told police he was the only one who struck Adams, not Brown.

Brown’s attorneys have said that he is innocent and that he and Hollosy were trying to protect Brown and his property.

U.S. Marshals will now escort Brown back to Los Angeles where he will face a judge who will determine whether he should stay in jail. Last month, a California judge ordered Brown locked up for allegedly making threats about using guns while in an anger-management rehabilitation center. He had been ordered to the in-patient facility as part of his plea deal in connection with his 2009 conviction for assaulting his then-girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

As part of that California judge’s order, Brown was scheduled to be released from jail on Wednesday, April 23. Brown’s attorneys were hoping Brown could be ordered released from jail from Washington, as opposed to returning to California for the judge to hold a release hearing.

For now, Brown remains in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and was transported via prison bus from a Virginia jail to the courthouse Monday morning.

Wednesday’s trial was expected to feature the same witnesses who testified in the Hollosy trial, including Adams, his girlfriend, a Howard University freshman and a limo driver.

Adams testified in Hollosy’s trial that his girlfriend and another woman were taking a photo with Brown outside the W Hotel downtown when he jumped in the picture. Brown told him to back out, he said.

Timeline: Chris Brown, from teen stardom to trouble with the law

Adams said he responded: “Man, why you hoin’,” street slang meaning to ignore or disrespect. He said Brown punched him and, as the altercation continued, Hollosy punched him.

If Brown is convicted, in addition to a maximum six months in jail, he also faces as much as additional four years in jail in California as a result of violating the terms of his probation in the Rihanna case.

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Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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