CHRIS BROWN's assault trial has been delayed after a judge in Washington, D.C. opted to spend the Easter weekend mulling a verdict for the R&B star's bodyguard, who is also facing jail time for allegedly beating up a man outside a hotel in the city last year (13).
Brown was expected to take the stand on Friday (18Apr14) after his minder, Christopher Hollosy's trial had wrapped up, but District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Patricia Wynn decided to postpone her judgment until Monday (21Apr14).
Concluding testimony in the case on Friday, she explained she needed time to consider the evidence against Hollosy and decide a verdict in his misdemeanor assault trial.
Both he and Brown are accused of punching 20-year-old Parker Adams in the face after he reportedly approached the singer in October (13) with two female friends and asked to be part of a photograph.
Brown is accused of throwing the first punch, while Adams claims Hollosy broke his nose.
The singer's trial will begin immediately after the judge's verdict in the Hollosy trial. He was escorted into court on Friday by U.S. marshals, who then took him back to jail minutes later after it became clear he would not be taking the stand.
If he is convicted, Brown faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
The conviction could also be deemed a violation of his probation after a 2009 conviction in Los Angeles for assaulting his former girlfriend Rihanna, and that could land him a further four years in prison.
Brown was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his probation when he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment.