Retrial for reggae star Buju Banton set to begin

February 14, 2011 4:19:05 AM PST
Fresh off a Grammy win, Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton is set to stand trial again in federal court in Florida. Jury selection will begin Monday in Tampa. Banton is accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover officer and faces up to life in prison.

The jury deadlocked in his first trial in September.

Banton's attorney, David Markus, says the singer is not guilty.

Banton was arrested in December 2009 and held in Tampa-area jails until November, when he was released on house arrest. He was allowed to perform a concert in Miami last month to raise money for his court-ordered security and other expenses.

His 2010 album "Before the Dawn" won the Grammy award for best reggae album Sunday.

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