R. Kelly Trial Postponed As Feds Process Over 100 Devices

R. Kelly prosecutors requested an extension as they could not adequately review hundreds of seized devices before deadline, trial now set for October 13.

Contributed by Kevin Jackson

The federal trial of R. Kelly has been postponed by half a year, CNN reports. The singer faced federal prosecutors on Thursday in Chicago, where he pleaded not guilty to 13 charges including sexual exploitation of minors and child pornography. These charges were made public in mid February.

It was announced the same day that feds had seized hundreds of electronic devices such as phones, tablets, and computer hard drives in a recent raid of one of Kelly’s properties. Prosecutors requested an extension as they could not adequately review the devices before the April 27 deadline. The trial is now set for October 13.

Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg has said it was a storage facility that was searched. “It’s where he keeps his tour bus, stage equipment, and all sorts of computers…they’re going to find a lot of music.”

The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faces another federal grand jury for racketeering in New York. He also has a state trial in Cook County, Illinois. R. Kelly remains detained without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.