On Friday, Dec. 5, the Associated Press reported that New Zealand prosecutors made their first public outline of the murder case since dropping the charges due to lack of evidence in early November. Unfortunately, it's not looking too good for the drummer, as they've concluded that Rudd called a man, who had worked for him for three years, and threatened to kill him and his daughter.
Prosecutors released the specifics in a one-page "summary of facts," which also details his possession of methamphetamine and marijuana, when they searched his home in November. As of now, he's pleaded not guilty and faces a judge-only trial in 2015, but if found guilty, he could face a maximum prison sentence of seven years. It's reported that Rudd first called a business associate on Sept. 26 and spoke about "what he wanted done" to the man before taking things into his own hands and calling the man to make threats. Rudd denied the alleged call and threats.
News of Rudd's case comes just a day after he was detained by authorities for getting into a scuffle with a witness in this case. Even though his lawyer Paul Mabey described the encounter as a "chance meeting" in Tauranga, it seems like too much of a coincidence. He's since been released on bail without further charges.
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