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Rapper stays in jail during trial delays

Lawyer: Gun not accessible to client; client has prescription for marijuana

Posted: April 16, 2009 9:09 p.m.
Updated: April 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Stanley Howse, better known as Flesh-N-Bone, rapper from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, talks with his lawyer Shepard Kopp during court April 6 at the Santa Clarita Courthouse.

The trial of rapper Flesh-N-Bone, of the platinum-selling rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, was delayed Friday while his attorney tries to work a deal to dismiss gun and narcotics charges against the Grammy-winning entertainer.

Flesh-N-Bone, whose real name is Stanley Howse, was due in Santa Clarita Superior Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing on felony possession of a firearm and misdemeanor possession of marijuana, said Shepard Kopp, Howse’s attorney.

Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies reported finding a gun, ammunition and marijuana in Howse’s home April 2. A traffic stop prompted sheriff’s deputies to search the parolee’s Canyon Country home. Howse, 35, was paroled in July 2008 after serving 10 years in jail.

Random searches are a condition of his parole, Lt. Mike Dunkle said.  

Kopp said he has a simple strategy for dealing with the marijuana charge.

“He’s got a card for that,” Kopp said referring to the rapper’s medical marijuana card. “It’s not hard to get one of those,” he said when asked how his client obtained the card.

Kopp planned to use the sheriff’s search video to establish that the gun, registered to Howse’s wife, Isabel Flores, a Chicago Police officer, was not accessible to the paroled rapper.   

“I was hoping (the video) would actually show how they found the gun and ammunition,” Kopp said. “I thought it would show the way the gun was kept, in a lock box inside a closet, and would show my client didn’t have access.”

Unfortunately the video doesn’t show the actual search, Kopp said. The video shows the home before and after the search, he said.

Howse is being held in lieu of $135,000 bail. He will appear in Santa Clarita Superior Court, division 3, on Monday at 8:30 a.m.



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