'Puffy' Trial: The PEOPLE Report

The prosecution rested its case in Manhattan Superior Court in the weapons possession and bribery case against rap mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs, 31, on Wednesday — without calling to the stand its reputed surprise witness, Matthew “Scar” Allen, 29, reports PEOPLE. But Allen may still be asked to testify in the case, as early as Thursday, prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos told the court. It was Allen with whom Combs allegedly got into a dispute in the wee hours of Dec. 27, 1999, in the incident that sparked gunfire in Club New York as Combs and his entourage tried to leave the Times Square night spot. Last month, New York City police had questioned Allen about the Combs’s case, but before the prosecution could have him testify in court, Allen fled the area. It is reported that he faces extradition from Maryland, though specific charges against Allen were not described in court. In the case, Combs’s bodyguard, Anthony “Wolf” Jones, 34, is also charged with gun possession and bribery. A third defendant, Jamaal “Shyne” Barrow, 21, is accused of attempted murder. On Wednesday, Murray Richman, the attorney for Barrow, expressed his being upset with Bogdanos’s line of questioning with one of the witnesses and asked Judge Charles Solomon to declare a mistrial. “If this is another motion for a mistrial, it’s rejected,” replied the judge. As that exchange took place, Richman’s client, Barrow, shook his head — which also displeased His Honor. “I’m not going to sit here like a potted plant,” Solomon said sternly to Barrow. “If you don’t like my ruling, keep it to yourself.”

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