NEW: Chris Brown and a bodyguard will be tried separately starting on April 17
NEW: The singer's five-day journey to Washington via Con Air ended Monday
Brown and Christopher Hollosy are charged with assaulting a man on a D.C. sidewalk
The singer has been jailed since being booted from rehab last month
Chris Brown’s nightmare cross-country trip to face trial in Washington ended Monday five days after it began in Los Angeles.
The singer’s “Con Air” flight landed in the D.C. area, and he was escorted by U.S. marshals to a local jail where he will be locked up until his assault trial later this month, according to a Marshals Service spokesman.
He had been chained at his ankles, waist and arms much of the time since marshals took him into custody from the Los Angeles County sheriff last Wednesday.
Brown’s lawyer failed to convince a judge at a hearing Monday that his assault charge in Washington should be dropped because of prosecutors’ misconduct. Judge Patricia Wynn rejected the argument by Mark Geragos that the U.S. attorneys abused the grand jury process in preparation for Brown’s trial.
The singer and his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, are charged with hitting a man on a sidewalk just blocks from the White House in October.
But Wynn did grant Geragos’ request to hold separate trials for Brown and Hollosy. The bodyguard’s case will be tried first on April 17, with Brown’s trial to follow on April 21, Geragos said. The would permit Hollosy to testify for Brown, he said.
Although the charge is a misdemeanor and is unlikely to carry jail time for Brown if he is convicted, the arrest has put him behind bars because of his probation for an attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna five years ago.
Brown, 24, did not attend a hearing Monday in a Washington courtroom because he was still on his way to the nation’s capital through the Justice Department’s prison transport system.
Even if Brown is acquitted, he could still have to return to Los Angeles the same way