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UPDATED: April 23, 2014 10:15 a.m.
WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — Singer Chris Brown’s trial on an assault charge will be delayed until June 25.
Brown’s trial had been set for Monday but was postponed while lawyers tried to work out whether his bodyguard will testify. On Wednesday, the judge ruled to send Brown back to Los Angeles until his bodyguard’s sentencing on June 25. It will be a status hearing for Brown.
Both Brown and his bodyguard were arrested in October. They are accused of punching a man outside a Washington hotel. Brown’s bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, told police that he punched the man after he tried to get on Brown’s tour bus. But the man told police both men punched him after he tried to get in a photo Brown was taking with two women.
Hollosy, who was convicted of assault Monday in a separate trial, had been seeking immunity in exchange for his testimony at Brown’s trial. However, prosecutors said Wednesday they would not grant that request, according to WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves.
According to court documents obtained by Segraves, Hollosy declined to meet with prosecutors to provide details on the testimony he wanted to provide.
“His refusal to meet with the government forecloses the possibility of a grant of immunity in these circumstances,” Judge A. Franklin Burgess stated in the document.
If Hollosy appeals the decision, a judge may delay the start of Brown’s trial again. It could take months for the appeal process to be completed.
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