Fresh from his O.J. victory, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran has
convinced Judge Paul Flynn to use two juries in the murder trial of
rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, according to a report in Variety .
Snoop (Calvin Broadus) has been implicated in the 1993 shooting of
Philip Waldermariam, along with his former bodyguard McKinley Lee and
friend Shawn Abrams. After Flynn ruled that testimony by Lee alleging
that Broadus was armed at the time of Waldermariam's killing was
admissible, Cochran and his partner David Kennar asked for two juries,
claiming that Lee's statement could prejudice jurors against their
clients. Flynn consented, and two separate trials will hear evidence:
One for Broadus and Abrams, and another for Lee. Prosecution claims
the three men murdered Waldermariam following an altercation, while
the defense asserts the shooting was in self-defense, and that
Waldermariam was pulling a gun from his waistband when Lee shot him.
The trial was slated to begin Tuesday, but has been pushed back
because of this recent development. All three men are currently out on
bail, with Lee under electronic monitoring.