Lil Wayne’s assistant took the stand at the rapper’s trial on gun charges this week and said he saw a handgun “occasionally” on the tour bus, but couldn’t single out Wayne for possessing the .40-caliber pistol at the root of the case.
According to E! Online, Terry Bourgeois also testified that he could not say if the gun was present when Wayne was taken into custody during the July 2007 arrest.
Last month, a police officer told jurors she searched the vehicle after smelling marijuana as it was parked outside New York’s Beacon Theatre following a concert. She then said she witnessed the artist attempting to hide the firearm during her search of the bus.
Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) has pleaded not guilty to criminal possession of a weapon and remains free on $70,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to three and a half years in prison.
According to Newsday, another eyewitness, 47-year-old Derrick Parker, a security guard hired by the concert promoter who was on the scene that night, testified he did not smell or see any marijuana on our outside the bus.