Rapper and Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight is charged with murder for allegedly running over and killing a man and injuring another. USA Today identifies the victims as 55-year-old Terry Carter and 51-year-old Cle Sloan. Carter later died from his injuries.
Knight’s attorney said the entire incident is simply an accident as his client was trying to flee from attackers. Witnesses claim, according to reports, it looked like an intentional act.
The alleged hit-and-run occurred during a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton, a Universal release, USA Today says.
In a press release the LA County Sheriff’s Office said they initially responded to the scene of the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue in Compton round 2:55 p.m. on Thursday. After officers and first responders arrived, they found both victims.
During the investigation, authorities said those two victims were “hanging out” at the rear parking lot of a nearby business when someone in a red pick-up truck approached. The victims and the driver began to verbally argue until the driver allegedly backed up the vehicle and ran over one of the victims, then the truck was allegedly seen driving forward striking both men.
After the incident, witnesses say Suge Knight who in fact the person who was driving the red pick-up before fleeing from the scene.
Reports say Knight voluntarily went to the police station overnight with his attorney to be questioned. In the early morning hours, the LA County Sheriff’s Office announced the formal murder charges.
Knight was booked at the West Hollywood station and is being held on $2 million bail.
Last August, Knight was shot six times during a separate incident. The suspect(s) have never been identified. Over the years Knight has been involved with a number of arrests. In 1994, he was driving the car in which rapper Tupac Shakur was shot and killed.
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