Rapper FLESH-N-BONE has pleaded not guilty to gun possession charges, insisting a firearm California authorities found in his home belongs to his wife - an officer with the Chicago, Illinois police force.
The Bone Thugs-N-Harmony star, real name Stanley Howse, was stopped by cops in Santa Clarita last Thursday (02Apr09) for a broken brake light.
The MC is currently on parole for an earlier probation violation and the stop prompted police to search his Canyon Country home, resulting in the discovery of the gun.
Howse appeared before Judge Graciela Freixes at Santa Clarita Superior Court on Monday (06Apr09) where he entered his plea and explained the gun was registered to his spouse, who is currently on leave from the force.
His attorney Shepard Kopp told the court, "The gun was found in a closet inside a locked suitcase. The gun belongs to Mr. Howse's wife Isabel Flores, who is a Chicago Police Officer."
Kopp also attempted to protest the star's $135,000 (£92,465) bail, but Freixes decided to keep the amount the same after prosecutors argued Howse's prior convictions justified the high figure.
The rapper is set to return to court on 16 April (09) for a preliminary hearing.