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DMX makes a court appearance

May 19, 2008 |  6:09 pm

Rapper DMX has been arraigned on four felony drug charges and seven misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges. He is scheduled to be back in court July 2, according to the Arizona Republic:

Dressed in a white baggy T-shirt and dingy jeans, Simmons walked into Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Lisa VandenBerg's courtroom at 9:30 a.m., an hour late. VandenBerg entered a not-guilty plea on all 11 charges for the internationally known rapper...

The animal-cruelty and drug charges stem from an early-morning May 9 search of Simmons' Cave Creek-area home by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies.

The search warrant was served seven months after the Sheriff's Office launched a high-profile investigation into reports that Simmons was neglecting 12 pit bulls. Some were dehydrated and appeared to be underfed. Three were found buried in his backyard.

DMX had no comment on the charges.

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