TARAUNGA, New Zealand, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- An attempting to procure murder charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was dropped, his lawyer said.
Rudd was arrested Thursday morning during a raid on his home Taraunga, a city on New Zealand's North Island.
The 60-year-old was initially accused of trying to hire someone to kill two unidentified men. He was also charged with threatening to kill, and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
The attempt to procure a murder charge was dropped, but the other two charges still stand, lawyer Paul Mabey said.
The crown solicitor "formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge,' Mabey said. "Mr. Rudd will defend the charge of threatening to kill. Charges relating to personal possession of drugs are minor."
Rudd joined AC/DC back in 1975. He left the band in 1983, only to return again in 1994. There's still no word on whether Rudd's legal troubles will impact AC/DC's planned 2015 tour.
Kate Stanton contributed to this report.