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The BBC's Jane Hughes in New York
"It's now all down to the jury"
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Tuesday, 13 March, 2001, 05:37 GMT
Final arguments in Puffy trial
Sean
Combs has been on trial for the last seven weeks
A jury heard final arguments on Monday in the trial of music multimillionaire Sean "Puffy" Combs, his bodyguard and a protege.


This trial should be called 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'

Defence Attorney Benjamin Brafman
Mr Combs, better known as Puff Daddy, one of the biggest rap stars in America, has been charged with possession of a gun and bribery following a shooting incident in a New York club in December 1999.

Co-defendant Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, 21, faces charges of attempted murder and gun possession, while bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, is accused of having the loaded gun by his feet.

Mr Combs has been on trial for the last seven weeks with the prosecution and defence both putting forward different accounts of what happened in the club on 27 December 1999.

Fans

The rap star was accompanied in court by his mother, who has attended every day of the trial.

Jamal
Barrow faces charges of attempted murder and gun possession
Fans applauded Combs as he entered the court room. Some of them were carrying signs that read "We love you" and "Forever innocent".

The jury first heard lawyers for rapper Jamal Barrow and Antony Jones.

Mr Barrow's defence attorney told the jury that his client indeed fired his gun in the air in the club but did so in self-defence.

Witnesses

Benjamin Brafman, one of the lawyers representing Combs, said those who had testified against his client, were motivated by financial gain.

"This trial should be called 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'" he said.

"The only two witnesses that declared that my client had an arm that night are the same ones that have sued him for $1.4bn," he added.

Sean 'Puffy' Combs and Jennifer Lopez
Combs and singer Jennifer Lopez broke up during the trial
Mr Comb's then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez was questioned by a grand jury but was not charged. Neither did she testify at the trial.

Mr Combs was arrested after he and Jennifer Lopez fled Club New York in Time Square.

A gun was found by police in the vehicle.

Sixty witnesses have been called to testify at the trial.

The defence has called half a dozen witnesses who have testified they did not see Mr Combs with a gun.

Likewise, the prosecution has used a string of witnesses who say the singer was carrying a weapon.

Mr Combs faces 15 years in prison, if convicted.

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