Nov 1, 2010

Buju's retrial postponed to February

Defence had moved motion against December date

TAMPA, Florida — Reggae singer Buju Banton's retrial in Florida has been pushed back until February. United States District Judge James Moody had said Banton's new trial would be in December, but he granted a defence motion to postpone it.

Moody set the case for his February trial calendar but didn't set a specific date.

Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie, is accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover officer in Sarasota. He's been held without bail since his arrest in December. He is now trying to get released from jail pending the retrial.

Banton's attorney says his client wants to spend the holiday season with his family.

Moody declared a mistrial for Banton last month after jurors said they could not reach a verdict.

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