June 09, 2010 04:48:10 GMT
The rapper is required to attend a trial which will discuss issues surrounding the gun possession charge back in 2007.
Rapper Ja Rule has been ordered to stand trial in New York in August to face a charge of gun possession. The "Always on Time" star's chauffeured sports car was pulled over by police in the Big Apple in 2007 on suspicion of speeding, having a suspended registration and no insurance.
A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a semi-automatic gun hidden in the rear driver's side door. Ja Rule's lawyer, Stacey Richman, lost a bid to have the weapons count thrown out in January, arguing the police stop which led to his arrest was unjustified.
Richman returned to a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday, June 8 to request another hearing to discuss issues surrounding the prosecution's DNA evidence, but her motion was dismissed and a trial date was set for August 18.
Ja Rule, real name Jeffrey Atkins, has pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he faces up to four years behind bars.