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Rapper Nate Dogg To Stand Trial
Rapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) will stand trial in Bellflower, Calif., on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, but will not be tried on four other charges stemming froRapper Nate Dogg (real name: Nathaniel Dawayne Hale) will stand trial in Bellflower, Calif., on a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon, but will not be tried on four other charges stemming from an alleged kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend.
Hale, 31, was accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from her mother's house last June 17, holding her against her will at a Lakewood home, assaulting her, and setting a car on fire. The charges of kidnapping, terrorist threats, arson, and battery were dismissed today (March 15), but Los Cerritos Superior Court Commissioner Edward Drayer ruled there was sufficient evidence to require Hale to stand trial on the weapons charge.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Perrodin said three of the charges were dismissed because the ex-girlfriend refused to be served with a subpoena and said she did not want to be responsible for sending her son's father to prison. The arson charge was dismissed because the ex-girlfriend's mother could not identify the person who drove away after the vehicle was set ablaze, the prosecutor said.
The weapons charge is from Hale's June 18 arrest when officers arrived at his Pomona home and found the weapon, authorities said. It was illegal for him to have a weapon after his 1996 conviction in a Los Angeles County drug case.
Hale got his start with rappers Snoop Dogg and Warren G in a Long Beach-area group. He later recorded with Dr. Dre on "The Chronic" and appeared on Snoop Dogg's "Doggystyle."
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