Gun Admitted as Evidence in Lil Wayne Case
The gun found on Lil Wayne's tour bus following a 2007 New York City performance has been admitted as evidence in his possession case. Yesterday, Justice Charles Solomon ruled that the .40 caliber pistol would be used as evidence to build the case.
The New Orleans rapper was arrested two years ago, and slapped with a felony possession charge after authorities searched his tour bus uncovering the weapon as well as drugs. According to a police officer, she smelled marijuana coming from the bus prompting her further investigate. The officer also claimed to see Wayne attempting to hide the firearm.
The rapper's lawyer, Stacey Robinson, argued that the gun should not be admitted as evidence because police had no legal right to search the bus. Robinson also stated that the police officer falsely claimed to smell marijuana.
Terry Bourgeois, Wayne's assistant, testified that he did not see the rapper with the firearm but confessed that marijuana is often around when they travel. Bourgeois also admitted to "occasionally" seeing a handgun on the bus but not during the date in question.
A trial date has been set for April 20. Wayne has entered a not guilty plea to the charges and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Born Dwayne Carter, the 26-year-old has seen increased success since the 2008 release of his triple platinum album 'Tha Carter III.' Earlier this month he took home four Grammy awards and is set to release his first rock album this spring.