Ja Rule is to appear for a trial in his three-year-old gun case on August 18th.
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers set an Aug. 18 trial date on Tuesday, after turning down the platinum-selling rapper's request for a hearing on a type of DNA analysis used in the case and said that he found "no new or novel techniques involved in the testing procedure."
The case against him stems from a stop of his $250,000-plus Maybach sports car after a July 2007 concert. Police say they found a loaded semiautomatic gun in a rear door of the car
Defense lawyer Stacey Richman is planning to appeal the ruling.
Ja Rule, who pleaded not guilty to criminal weapons possession, was not present for the proceeding as he was out of town for a movie shoot. If convicted, the 34-year-old could face up to four years in prison.