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Closing Arguments Delivered in Puffy Trial

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Aug 15, 2001 | 11:35am EDT

After seven long weeks of litigation, the trial of Sean "Puffy" Combs is coming to an end.

Closing arguments began Monday in the rapper/producer's trial, in which Combs, 31, is accused of illegal gun possession and bribery. Manhattan police arrested Combs in December of 1999 following a nightclub shooting that left three people wounded.

Combs' defense attorneys are expected to deliver their closing arguments late in the day on Monday, but attorneys for Anthony "Wolf" Jones, 34, a co-defendant in the case, have already offered up their opinions on the integrity of one of the witnesses. Wardell Fenderson, the man accusing Combs of bribery - stating that the rapper offered him $50,000 to lie about who owned a 9mm pistol used in the shooting - has drawn heavy fire from Jones' attorney, Michael Bachner.

"Fenderson had a 9mm gun in the (Lincoln) Navigator,'' Bachner told the jury. "Fenderson is a liar, a good liar. Look carefully at his motive and you'll see he is a liar.''

The seven-man, five-woman jury is expected to commence deliberations Tuesday to determine if Combs is indeed guilty of wrongdoing in the incident. He's facing a 15-year prison sentence if convicted of illegal gun possession.

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