Marion “Suge” Knight, founder of Death Row Records, has been charged with murder after injuring one man and killing another with his car last Thursday. Knight was supposedly fleeing attackers when he struck the two men with his car. The 49-year old Knight’s attorney stated “he (Knight) planned to turn himself in to authorities…and we are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated.”
The two men were struck by a red pickup truck around 3 p.m. in the parking lot of a fast-food establishment located in the Los Angeles area of Compton. Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said the incident is being investigated as a homicide. “Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again,” Corina said. “The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act,” he said.
A 55-year old Terry Carter died in the hospital while 51-year old Cle “Bone” Sloan, sustained substantial injuries. Sloan’s was supposedly part of an earlier altercation with Knight in which the two individuals got in a fist fight. The truck was found empty in West Los Angeles parking lot late Thursday night. Although no witnesses saw Knight behind the wheel during the incident, the rap mogul was seen driving the truck 20 minutes before the incident occurred.
Knights lawyer insists it was an accident. “He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape, he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals,” he said. “He was in his car trying to escape.”
Knight’s bail, set at $2 million, was revoked after a court commissioner and authorities agreed there was a flight risk and that the potential to intimidate witnesses was too high.