Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, were working Friday (Jan. 22) to wrap up their
case against Bone Thugs-N-Harmony singer and rapper Bizzy Bone, who is accused
of assaulting a student barber there following a September confrontation between
the two men.
Columbus First Assistant City Prosecutor Ted Barrows said the defense for the
22-year-old was scheduled to present evidence Monday inside the courtroom of
Judge Theresa Liston at Franklin County Municipal Court.
Bizzy Bone (born Bryon McCane) is charged with assault and disorderly conduct;
the former is a first-degree misdemeanor in Ohio.
McCane faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if the jury finds him
guilty. The trial began with jury selection Tuesday. Witnesses were called to
testify starting Thursday.
The charges stem from a Sept. 16 incident that Barrows said was the result of a
dispute between McCane and Terrance Harden, a student barber at Hair Experts
Beauty School in Columbus. The alleged incident took place inside the school.
McCane was accompanied by two bodyguards.
"Apparently, there was a difference of opinion as to whether Mr. Harden made
derogatory comments about Mr. McCane or whether someone else made those
comments," Barrows said. "That's what led to the dispute."
McCane is accused of dragging Harden down a flight of stairs after his
bodyguards restrained Harden. Barrows said the bodyguards, whom he did not name,
will not face criminal charges.
Randy Treneff, the lawyer representing McCane in court, did not return calls
seeking comment. He was quoted in court Wednesday denying McCane hurt Harden and
asserting Harden filed the criminal complaint in an attempt to gain money from
Columbus is McCane's home town. He still lives there, according to his
publicist, Kari Cooley-Strom. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, who are based in nearby
Cleveland, were formed when McCane was 16.
The group is known for its fast-paced reggae-tinged rhyming style. Its songs
Bizzy Bone released his second solo album, Heaven'z Movie, in October.
The album has been certified gold after 15 weeks and this week appeared at #155
on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Bone Thugs' latest release, The
Collection -- Volume One, charted at # 86.
Cooley-Strom said the artist plans to release one or two more singles from the
album before reconvening with the group to record its next album later this
McCane pleaded no contest in Columbus last year to resolve a 1995 arrest for
drunk driving, said Barrows. He received a suspended sentence of six months and
spent six days in jail.
Bizzy Bone's fellow group member Flesh-N-Bone, 24, pleaded no contest in a San
Fernando courtroom in February 1998 to charges of simple assault and possession
of explosives related to a 1997 incident. Flesh-N-Bone (born Stanley Howse)
spent 24 days in Los Angeles County Jail following the plea.