Beanie Sigel's Attempted-Murder Trial Nears Speedy Close

Conclusion due less than a week after proceedings began.

The attempted-murder trial of Beanie Sigel headed toward a close Tuesday, with the rapper's defense set to rest its case and a verdict expected on Wednesday, less than a week after the trial began.

Beanie was arrested and charged with attempted murder in July 2003 for the early-morning shooting of Terrance Speller outside a Philadelphia bar (see "Beanie Sigel Arrested, Charged With Attempted Murder"). Speller was hit in the abdomen and foot.

On Monday, Roc-A-Fella Records owners Damon Dash, Jay-Z and Kareem "Biggs" Burke appeared at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas to show support for Beanie. "Roc-A-Fella is and always has been a family, and family is there for each other," Dash said in a statement Tuesday (April 20). "We are there for him now and will be regardless of the road ahead. [We] will always support him in all his struggles, endeavors and triumphs."

Beanie also faces separate federal gun charges, to which he pleaded guilty last week (see "Beanie To Plead Guilty, Face Time On Gun Charges"). He will be sentenced on July 8 but is out on bail until then, pending the results of the attempted-murder trial, which began on Thursday.