Lawyers for Chris Brown head back to court in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawyers for singer Chris Brown are due back in a Washington court to determine a date for his trial on a misdemeanor assault charge, but the singer won't be in town.

Brown's lawyers and prosecutors are expected to pick a trial date Thursday.

The R&B singer was arrested in October after a man said the singer struck him outside the W Hotel when he tried to get in a picture Brown was taking with two other people. When Brown was arrested, the Grammy winner was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend.

Brown last appeared in court in Washington in January. At that hearing, one of Brown's lawyers told a judge that Brown has rejected a plea deal.