'Puffy' Trial: The PEOPLE Report

04/30/1998 at 12:00 AM EDT



In his 3-hour-plus closing arguments in the New York State Supreme Court trial of Sean "Puffy" Combs on Monday, the rap mogul's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told the jury: "If ever there was a case where the reasonable doubts jump off the page, this is the case," reports PEOPLE. Before a packed cou rtroom (spectators were reportedly turned away), Brafman said that of the 50 to 60 witnesses called to the stand in the case, only three testified that Combs had a gun. "And what are the odds that the two people who suggest that Mr. Combs had a weapon are people who have suits against him for hundreds of millions of dollars? It's almost like 'Who Wants to Be a Billionaire,' " Brafman said. Combs, 31, and bodyguard Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, are charged with gun possession and bribery for allegedly trying to get Combs's driver, Wardel Fenderson, 42, to take a gun rap following a Dec. 1999 nightclub shooting that left three people injured. Brafman spent a lot of court time on Monday questioning Fenderson's character. Fenderson, who has a $3 million lawsuit against Combs, testified on the stand that he (Fenderson) owed $38,000 in back child support. "What type of person abandons the welfare of their own children?" Brafman asked. Closing arguments for the prosecution are due Tuesday morning, with the jury expected to begin its deliberations by afternoon.

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