Nate Dogg Pleads Not Guilty To Possession Of Firearm

Dogg Pound rapper cannot legally possess weapon, because he was convicted in 1996 drug case.

Nate Dogg pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm as a felon in a California court Wednesday (March 28), in a case stemming from his alleged kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend.

He is due back in Norwalk Superior Court for a pretrial hearing April 20, with his trial set to begin April 24, a court clerk said.

A judge at nearby Los Cerritos Superior Court dropped five of six charges against the Dogg Pound rapper in the case earlier this month. He ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Nate Dogg on charges of arson, kidnapping, domestic abuse, battery and terrorist threats.

The 31-year-old rapper (born Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) had played two dates on Dr. Dre's Up in Smoke tour when he was arrested at his Pomona, California, house in June for allegedly holding his ex against her will, assaulting her and setting her mother's car on fire. The Los Angeles County SWAT team busted the rapper (see "Nate Dogg Arrested By SWAT Team"), but he quickly rejoined the hip-hop bill after posting $1 million bail.

Officers allegedly found a firearm in his home when they arrested him, resulting in the weapons charge. Nate Dogg cannot legally possess a weapon, because he was convicted in a 1996 drug case.