NEW YORK Jury selection in the trial of Sean "Puffy" Combs and Jamal "Shyne" Barrow was delayed on Monday after Shyne was arrested the night before on charges related to a car accident that seriously injured two people.
Shyne was initially charged with driving without a license in the accident, which occurred just before 9 p.m. on Sunday near the corner of 19th Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. The rapper may face additional charges related to the accident, prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos said in court Monday morning.
After delaying jury selection until Tuesday, Judge Charles Solomon issued a warrant for Shyne's arrest, ensuring that Shyne will be brought to his courtroom following his arraignment on the traffic charges. Solomon will then decide whether to adjust the amount of Shyne's bail.
Shyne's accident, Bogdanos said, occurred after he ran a red light and hit a car with two people in it. Both were hospitalized in serious condition, according to Bogdanos.
As Shyne's lawyers awaited his arraignment Monday afternoon, they sharply disputed Bogdanos' version of the event.
"He did not run a red light," lawyer Murray Richman said. "It was not his fault at all."
Richman said that he has several witnesses who say it was the other car that ran the red light, and hit Shyne's car. Shyne will not be charged with anything except driving without a license, Richman said, adding that he doubts the validity of that charge since the rapper has a valid Florida license.
Richman claimed that he expects Bogdanos who could not be immediately reached for comment to retract his version of events in court.
In light of the accident, Combs' lawyer Benjamin Brafman asked that his client's case be severed tried separately from Shyne's. Solomon denied the request. Shyne, Combs and bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones are being tried on charges stemming from a December 1999 shooting at Manhattan's Club New York. (Click HERE for a complete explanation of charges in the case.)