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R. Kelly Trial to be reset due to complications with Covid

R. Kelly’s trial was supposed to start on Tuesday in Chicago, but was postponed because several witnesses had issues making their flights due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.
R. Kelly stands behind his attorney, Steven Greenberg, as Greenberg speaks to Judge Lawrence Flood at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on May 7, 2019 in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
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R. Kelly’s trial was supposed to start on Tuesday in Chicago, but was postponed because several witnesses had issues making their flights due to Covid 19 travel restrictions.

During the hearing at a federal court, District Judge Harry Leinenweber said he expects to set a new trial date for Kelly on December 16.

The Pied Piper of R & B did not appear at the hearing, which was held by phone on Tuesday. 

Vadim Glozman, the attorney for Darrell McDavid, Kelly’s former manager who is charged with child pornography and obstruction of justice, asked Leinenweber to set a trial date immediately, but was denied because of the non-availability of courtrooms.

Mr. “I believe I can fly” is still behind bars at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago after being refused bail 6 times. One of his attorneys Michael Leonard, is trying to seek bail for the 7th time, following a stabbing attack on Kelly in August by a member of the Latin Kings who has since been transferred to another facility.

Dude is facing federal charges in Chicago and Brooklyn New York, and local charges in Cook County Illinois, and Hennepin County, Minnesota.

The federal case in Chicago is for child pornography and obstruction of justice, while the feds in Brooklyn have charged him with racketeering. No date for either case has been set.

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