A DeKalb County State Court judge denied a motion Monday to drop charges against singer Bobby Brown from a 1996 traffic stop.
Brown appeared in court with his wife, singer Whitney Houston, with whom he held hands and talked quietly. The courtroom was filled with the couple’s entourage and fans.
The 33-year-old singer didn’t go to a hearing in 1997 on charges of driving under the influence, speeding, failing to maintain a lane and having no proof of insurance.
Brown’s attorney Xavier Dicks argued the charges happened too long ago and the memory of any potential witnesses would be impaired.
State Court Judge Wayne Purdom denied his motion and set a Jan. 21 trial date.
Brown was arrested earlier this month in Atlanta on charges of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, speeding and having no driver’s license or proof of insurance.
After he was released from the Atlanta jail on $1,300 bond, he was transferred to the DeKalb County Jail, where he posted a $10,000 bond.