Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, just weeks after delivering what appeared to be a public threat to his adversaries, is being held on a $2 million bond in Los Angeles after allegedly running over two men, killing one of them. Los Angeles Police are saying that, from witness reports at the scene of the killing, the act looked intentional.
CNN reported Jan. 30 that Suge Knight turned himself in to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department early Friday and is set to appear before a judge on Monday to face charges that just might include murder. Knight’s lawyer says his client feared for his life and was only attempting to leave the area when the alleged accident occurred.
The incident itself allegedly occurred Thursday outside the set of the biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” a film chronicling the influential West Coast rap ensemble N.W.A. Suge Knight and others allegedly began arguing on the set but the altercation continued in the parking lot of a restaurant. According to Fox 411, an unidentified Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department representative said about 20 minutes separated the argument on the set and the allegedly hit-and-run. It was in the parking lost of Tam’s Burgers, witnesses told police, that Knight’s vehicle backed over two men alleged to have been involved, then drove over them again as it exited the scene.
Knight’s attorney did not confirm to CNN whether or not it was Suge Knight who was behind the wheel of the red Ford Raptor (which he owns) during the incident. The vehicle was later found abandoned in Westwood by the police.
The man who died was later identified as Terry Carter, 55. The second man, 51-year-old Cle Sloan, was taken to a nearby hospital where it is reported he will survive his injuries.
Although Knight’s attorney insists the hit-and-run was an accident where his client was fearful of his own safety and attempting to flee for his life, police believe otherwise. “The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act,” Capt. John Corina told reporters.
Suge Knight, who rose to fame as a promoter and producer of West Coast rappers like Tupac Shakur and Snoop Doggy Dogg (later just “Snoop Dogg” and “Snoop Lion”) and the founder of the successful record label Death Row Records, has a history where violence never seems to be far away. He was with the aforementioned Shakur when that famed rapper was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996. Among his numerous run-ins with local authorities throughout the country, Knight himself was shot in the leg at an MTV Video Music Awards pre-party in Miami held by Kanye West in 2005, an incident that was eerily repeated in 2014, where he survived being shot six times at a Chris Brown Video Music Awards pre-party in Los Angeles.
Just prior to the new year, TMZ caught up with Suge Knight and asked if he had made any New Year’s resolutions. “Of course,” he said, smoking a cigar. “I’m going to make sure everybody get they justice.” After listing a few things for the coming year, Knight ended with “… it’s a year for getting even.”