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Suge Knight officially charged with murder, attempted murder

2015-02-03 01:25:12

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Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been charged with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly ran over two people, killing one, following an argument in Compton last week, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.

The official charges come hours after Knight's $2.2 million bail was revoked.

Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Times that Knight's bail was pulled for the following reasons: “Possible flight risk, three-strike candidate, possible witness intimidation issues and his criminal past.

Knight, 49, allegedly ran over Terry Carter and Cle "Bone" Sloan with his truck.

Carter was killed.

The confrontation began about 3 p.m. Thursday when Knight and victims  began arguing on the set of "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic about the group N.W.A, said Lt. John Corina of the Sheriff's Department's detectives unit.

Knight is due to make his first court appearance in Compton on Tuesday.

Knight's attorney, James E. Blatt, told The Times that his client was being assaulted and, while trying to get away from his attackers, accidentally ran the two men over.

Prosecutors say Knight's actions were intentional.

Knight co-founded Death Row Records with Dr. Dre in 1991 and built it into the first rap label to consistently dominate the pop scene. But he has a history of legal troubles.

In 1996, Knight was at the wheel of a BMW in Las Vegas when passenger and popular rapper Tupac Shakur was shot by gunmen in another vehicle. Shakur died a week later, and the case has not been solved.

In 1997, Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating the terms of his probation from an earlier assault case. He was released from prison in 2001 but was sent back to jail two years later for violating parole when he hit a parking lot attendant.

In 2006, Knight filed for bankruptcy. He put his Malibu mansion up for sale the following year. In 2008, he was arrested in Las Vegas on suspicion of drug possession and aggravated assault. The next year, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

Last August, Knight and two others were shot inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub at a pre-awards party hosted by singer Chris Brown.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Source: latimes

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