By Lisa Anderson and Kenneth Aaron, Staff Reporters
Rapper Flavor Flav, on trial in Bronx Supreme Court for unlawfully possessing a gun, will have to wait another three weeks to learn his fate.
Though both sides delivered their closing arguments on Friday afternoon, Justice Martin Marcus announced that he would not render a verdict until March 10. No jury was called in the case.
Flavor Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, faced a felony charge that he brandished a gun at a neighbor outside his apartment building at 1020 Grand Concourse in November 1993.
Drayton, who has denied the charges, left the courthouse with a confident swagger, his trademark white clock swaying from his neck.
The prosecution alleged that the fight developed as Drayton accused his next-door neighbor, Thelouiza English, of having an affair with his wife. The fight escalated after English went to the lobby to tell the building's doorman to call 911.
English said that Drayton waved his gun and fired a shot; at the trial, police officers testified that they heard gunfire, but were never able to find a weapon.
"Mr. Drayton's actions were egregious, reprehensible and downright mean," Verena C. Powell, the assistant district attorney, said in urging the judge to find him guilty.
Drayton is no stranger to the courthouse: last fall, he fought charges of driving with a suspended license and criminal mischief for taking a roll of film from a photographer during a video shoot.
Drayton is the latest rap star to be put on trial in the city. In December, Tupac Shakur was convicted in a Manhattan court of sexually assaulting a fan and was sentenced up to four-and-a-half years in prison.
If convicted, Drayton could be sentenced to anything from probation to 15 years in prison.