By Stephen M. Silverman
November 13, 2002 11:00 AM

Georgia Superior Court Judge Wayne Purdom on Tuesday ordered singer Bobby Brown (arrested last week in Atlanta on drug and speeding charges) to stand trial later this month for a 1996 arrest on misdemeanor charges that include driving under the influence of alcohol, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Brown, 33, the husband of Whitney Houston, stood silently in a courtroom in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, Ga., as the jurist set a trial date for Nov. 25 and ordered him to remain in the state until then.

Reuters adds that Brown also was told to report to county authorities each week until the trial.

According to the news service, Xavier Dicks, Brown’s attorney, said he had held talks with DeKalb County prosecutors in an effort to resolve the 1996 charges, though the matter was not cleared up by Tuesday’s hearing.

“I’m confident that we’ll resolve this case,” possibly before the trial date, Dicks said.

Brown, whose hits include “My Prerogative” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” was also issued a contempt citation for his failure to appear at a 1997 court date. He was to face several traffic charges stemming from an April 22, 1996, incident in which police observed his red Mercedes accelerating and braking rapidly and weaving, according to the arrest report.

He was charged with DUI, no proof of insurance, failure to maintain lane and speeding, the Journal-Constitution reports.

The outstanding warrant came to light last Thursday, after Brown was arrested on traffic and marijuana possession charges on Peachtree Road in Atlanta. Police subsequently charged him with speeding, no proof of insurance, driving without a license and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Six hours after his arrest, he reportedly posted $1,300 bond and was released from the Atlanta City Jail and taken to the DeKalb County Jail on the failure-to-appear warrant. He was released from the DeKalb jail later Thursday on $10,000 bond.

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