NEW YORK — A jury began its first full day of deliberations Thursday in the gun possession and bribery trial of hip hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs, who faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted on charges stemming from a 1999 night club shooting.
Combs' attorney Benjamin Brafman said his client was "confident but concerned as any defendant would be waiting on a verdict" in the seven-week trial in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The jury started deliberations at 10 a.m. Thursday and unless they reach a verdict, they were expected to work on the case until 6.30 p.m. when they would be sequestered in a hotel. The jury deliberated six hours Wednesday.
The case began on Dec. 27, 1999, at the crowded Club New York where, prosecutors say, Combs jostled another patron and sparked a dispute that prompted his associate, Jamaal "Shyne" Barrow, to open fire.
Combs and his entourage, including actress-singer Jennifer Lopez, fled in a vehicle that police stopped after a chase of several blocks. They found a gun in the car, and Combs is accused of trying to bribe his driver to claim ownership of the weapon.
Damages sought in various lawsuits against Combs stemming from the incident total more than $1 billion.
In closing arguments Monday, the defense attorney for Combs argued the entertainer was the victim of people seeking to profit from his fame and fortune.
Barrow, also a defendant in the case, was charged with attempted murder and assault. The third defendant is Combs' bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones, who was charged with bribery and illegal gun possession.