"American Idol" Alum's Trial Postponed

Former American Idol finalist Jessica Sierra has posted bond after being arrested overnight on felony charges. Tampa Police arrested the 21 year old singer on charges of aggravated assault after she struck a man during an argument around 2am Sunday, April 29.
Hillsborough Co. Sheriff's Office
A judge has rescheduled ex-"American Idol" finalist Jessica Sierra's trial on battery and drug charges after her lawyer said the singer is in a California rehabilitation facility.

Sierra, 21, is accused of hitting a man on the head with a glass at a Tampa nightspot in April, police said. Officers found a "small amount of cocaine" while searching her during booking at the county jail, police said.

She has pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated battery and cocaine possession.


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Sierra entered a rehab facility in July for treatment of unspecified problems and will likely be there for several months, her attorney, John Fitzgibbons, said in court Wednesday.

"I don't want to get into the precise issues, but it is very helpful to her," Fitzgibbons said.

A judge rescheduled Sierra's trial from October to November.

Sierra was among the top 10 contestants on the Fox talent show in 2005.