The case, in which he faces charges of child endangerment and weapons offences, is adjourned until May 15...

Rapper DMX returned to court last week (May 3) to face charges of child endangerment and weapons offences resulting from a June 1999 police search of his NEW JERSEY home.

However, the case was adjourned until May 15 because the main prosecution witness did not show up for the Bergen County hearing.

And lawyers for the star, real name Earl Simmons, said that the search of his home had been illegal and so the case should not proceed. “We are prepared to argue the search was illegal,” said Brian Neary. “The police did not have proper authority to search Mr and Mrs Simmons’ house.”

The search happened after police arrived at Simmons‘ house on June 27 1999, while investigating a shooting at a New Jersey hotel – a bag belonging to DMX‘ wife Tashera was found at the scene, though neither were ever implicated.

When police arrived, the star’s mother-in-law told them he had been smoking crack and had been acting crazy for the previous few days. Police obtained a

warrant and returned to the house. They discovered a loaded 9mm gun, six used glass cocaine-smoking pipes, and a hefty supply of ammunition.

Police also said the couple’s son and daughter were in the house during DMX’ alleged crack taking. Marijuana and 14 pit bulls were also found in the house among rotting rubbish and flies.

Both DMX and his wife were present in court last week.