R. Kelly trial date set in Chicago sexual misconduct case

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CHICAGO — A trial date has been set for singer R. Kelly’s sexual misconduct case in Chicago.

It will begin April 27, despite arguments by Kelly’s attorneys for more time. This is just one of four ongoing cases against the singer.

Kelly said nothing as he stood through Wednesday morning’s hearing in an orange jail jumpsuit.

His attorneys argued for more time given what they called “voluminous discovery in this case,” which includes two co-defendants. The former associates allegedly helped Kelly to pay off witnesses in his 2008 child porn trial, and buy back incriminating sex tapes.

Ahead of Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors had Kelly moved from the jail’s restrictive unit to the general inmate population Tuesday, after a defense motion claiming harsh restrictions for an unconvicted man awaiting trial.

On Sept. 18, the defense will argue for reconsideration of bond and possible release, with Kelly’s two girlfriends serving as custodians. The two were in court Wednesday along with a number of fans and some relatives, including two of Kelly’s sisters.

They said he had initial misgivings about entering the general population, but changed his mind after experiencing conditions in the special unit.

The April 27 trial date is tentative since it’s unclear how the other cases in Illinois, New York and Minnesota might proceed. Prosecutors expect the trial in this case to last about three weeks.


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