UPDATE: Rapper DMX pleads out Miami drug case

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UPDATE: Aug. 28

MIAMI -- Rapper DMX has pleaded out a Miami drug case and now awaits extradition to face more charges in Arizona.

The 37-year-old rapper and actor pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted marijuana and cocaine possession and was sentenced to time served. His lawyer Bradford Cohen says DMX is still in custody waiting for Arizona authorities to pick him up on drug and animal cruelty charges he faces in Phoenix.

Cohen says the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, decided to plead guilty when he was denied bail earlier this week due to the outstanding Arizona warrant.

Cohen says if he hadn't pleaded out, Simmons would have had to sit in jail in Miami until an October trial date.

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UPDATE: Aug. 14

PHOENIX -- A lawyer for DMX says the rapper has been arrested in Miami on a warrant for failing to attend a Phoenix court hearing.

Lawyer Charles Kozelka says DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, checked into a Miami hospital the day he was to appear in Phoenix and was planning on entering a rehab facility afterward.

Kozelka says the warrant stopped those plans, and that he had been trying to arrange for DMX to turn himself in at the airport.

A Phoenix judge issued the warrant for DMX on Tuesday after he didn't appear for a pretrial conference on four counts of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana.

The case is one of several Simmons is facing in Phoenix, including several animal cruelty and drug possession counts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

ORIGINAL REPORT: By MTV.com / azfamily.com

NEW YORK -- MTV.com is reporting that rapper DMX may have missed his court appearance due to hospitalization.

According to the report, public defender Charles Kozelka provided documentation to the court that DMX had been checked into a Miami hospital Tuesday morning.

The judge said that the documentation was insufficient and that the court should have been informed of the hospitalization sooner.

MTV.com also reports that Kozelka did not say why DMX was hospitalized in Miami, but the rapper has been known to visit the area.

He had even been arrested twice in Miami back in June.

Kozelka says that the defense team is working to get the situation straightened out, but does not know if they can get the rapper back into Arizona without being arrested - perhaps by making arrangements with the different courts that DMX is required to make appearances before in different matters.