|Reclusive Guns N' Roses Singer Has June 19 Court Date
MALIBU, Calif. (APBnews.com) -- It appears it will take an alleged stalker to return Axl Rose to the public eye, as the Guns N' Roses screecher is scheduled to testify June 19 against a woman arrested earlier this month outside the reclusive rocker's Malibu estate.
Karen Jane McNeil, 39, was back in court today, looking relaxed as she joked with her public defender before facing the judge who, in 1997, ordered her to stay away from Rose, also 39.
The heavy metal idol had filed a restraining order against the defendant after she was found trying to enter his Latigo Canyon home that same year.
Several trespassing incidents
Although those were the only recorded incidents of McNeil allegedly stalking Rose, police said she was a suspect in "several" prior trespassing cases at the singer's mansion.
McNeil will likely remain behind bars until her next court appearance because she is unable to post the $200,000 bail set by Judge Lawrence Mira, her lawyer said. She faces the judge's ruling on her probation violation and a jury trial that same day on the latest stalking charge.
Mira said the trial might be scrapped, however, if McNeil is found guilty of violating his court order, which could result in a year's imprisonment for the Los Angeles woman.
If a trial is required, on the other hand, the reclusive Rose will then have to testify. Rose has a habit of letting years of silence and invisibility slip by between albums.
Malibu public defender William Misener said McNeil maintains her innocence, but he resisted further inquiries as to what she was doing outside Rose's property.
Prosecutor Martin Herscovitz did not return calls seeking comment by press time.