Marshals take custody of Brown for Washington case

Marshals take custody of Brown for Washington case

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 17: R&B singer Chris Brown (L) appears in court with his attorney Mark Geragos for a probation violation hearing during which his probation was revoked by a Los Angeles Superior judge on March 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The singer was arrested March 14, 2014 and is being held without bail. Brown was first placed on probation after the 2009 domestic violence case in which he plead guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:42 PM

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Brown has been taken into custody by U.S. marshals and will be transported to Washington, D.C., for an upcoming misdemeanor assault trial, an official said Thursday.

Brown was turned over to marshals on Wednesday at a Los Angeles jail, marshals' spokeswoman Laura Vega said. She declined to say when the Grammy winner would be sent to Washington.

The singer and his bodyguard are accused of hitting a man outside a Washington hotel in October. Brown is set to go on trial later this month.

A judge in Los Angeles sent Brown to jail in mid-March after the singer was dismissed from a court-mandated rehab program for anger management and other issues.

Defense attorney Mark Geragos had been trying to block Brown's transfer into marshals' custody, arguing it would deprive him of the opportunity to properly prepare for the trial.

A hearing on the motion had been scheduled for Thursday but was canceled.

Geragos wrote in an email that the marshals service took Brown into custody just hours after the lawyer filed the motion on Tuesday.

Brown, 24, remains under court supervision in Los Angeles for a felony assault case filed after his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

If convicted in the Washington case, Brown could face additional penalties, including time behind bars, in the attack on Rihanna.

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