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Lawyers for Chris Brown pick trial date in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prosecutors and lawyers for singer Chris Brown have chosen April 17 as the start date for his trial on a misdemeanor assault charge.

Brown's lawyers and prosecutors picked the trial date Thursday during a hearing in Superior Court in Washington. Brown was not at the hearing. The R&B singer was arrested in October after a man said the singer struck him outside the W Hotel when he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two other people. When Brown was arrested, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend.

Brown last appeared in court in Washington in January. At that hearing, one of Brown's lawyers told a judge that Brown has rejected a plea deal.

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