Suge Knight Involved in Hit and Run That Kills a Man; Possibly Facing Murder Charges

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UPDATE #3: Less than one week since the January 29 hit-and-run incident, killing Terry Carter and injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan, Marion “Suge” Knight has been formally charged with one count of murder, and one count of attempted murder. ABC7.com reports the breaking news. Additionally, the Compton native was charged with two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case.

The case is still under investigation, after video was presented to police authorities. Before the charges were made, Knight’s $2 million bail offer was revoked.

If convicted, Knight could be served a life sentence.

UPDATE #2: Suge Knight has been arrested and reports are he will be charged with murder. Knight is being said to be held with a bail set at $2 million. Witnesses have reportedly stated that Knight backed his car up not once, but twice, seeking to run over two people with whom he had been in an altercation earlier. Knight struck 3 men with his car, killing one–an acquaintance with whom he’d gone to the film set. If it is true that Knight reversed his car twice, he could be charged with murder because his actions may reflect an intent to kill.

UPDATE #1: Suge Knight’s representatives are claiming the event was an attempted escape. “Knight claims he was attacked by two people and tried to escape in the car, which led to the hit-and-run at about 3 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue,” his lawyer James Blatt said in a statement published at ABC 7. Additionally, Knight’s lawyer confirmed, via the Associated Press, that the 49 year-old was the driver. It was a 59 year-old male named Terry Carter is believed to have died. AllHipHop.com reports that the other injured person is actor Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was prominently featured in Training Day. Bone produced the documentary film on the history of the Bloods street gang, Bastards Of The Party.

Notably, Knight survived a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the same incident, Knight’s friend and Death Row artist, Tupac Shakur, suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

Previously, a handful of Knight’s inner-circle have been gunned down in Compton, dating back to the late 1990s. The recurring murders were the subject of a 2003 Los Angeles Times feature story.

Breaking reports indicate that Marion “Suge” Knight is wanted by authorities following a fatal hit-and-run auto accident on a Compton, California film set. CNN reported: “There were two victims, said Sergeant Ryan Rouzan, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. One was pronounced dead at an area hospital. The other’s condition was not known.”

TMZ reports that following an altercation with film crew, “Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse … and ran over a man who suffered fatal injuries.” The entertainment website also reported that authorities told them that Knight is currently believed to be “armed and dangerous.” Additionally, a legal representative of Knight told the gossip site that the onetime music mogul plans to surrender. Sergeant Rouzan declined to identify any of the people involved. An investigation is ongoing.

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This is the latest incident involving Knight, in a rap sheet that spans more than 25 years. A former Los Angeles Rams Defensive Lineman (in the replacement league), Knight gained fame as a bodyguard-turned-manager-turned-label executive, with Death Row Records. A native of Compton, Knight partnered with Dr. Dre in 1991 to launch Death Row Records, a label that would eventually generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, between 1992 and 1999. Knight would later lose the label and its catalog to bankruptcy.

A convicted felony, Knight has been arrested with assault and battery on multiple occasions. In 2014, Knight was shot for a second time in 10 years (a third time in 20 years). More recently, Knight was wanted for stealing a photographer’s camera—with trial pending.

The name of the deceased has not been released. According to TMZ, multiple witnesses have said today’s film shoot involved Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who were believed to be at an additional film location. It is believed that the set, per reports, was in fact the N.W.A. biopicStraight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray, and featuring the living members of the famed Gangsta Rap group, which includes Knight’s former partner-turned-foe, Dr. Dre. Previously, Knight—who has publicly criticized Dre since their 1996 parting, was alleged to be behind an attack on his onetime partner at a 2004 awards show, as well as released the fellow Compton native’s home address in a Death Row retail home video, Too Gangsta For TV. In the early 1990s, Suge was also reported to be involved in a public dispute with Cube, who would later record on multiple Death Row Records soundtracks.

Ambrosia For Heads will keep you updated.

UPDATE: Suge Knight’s representatives are claiming the event was an attempted escape. “Knight claims he was attacked by two people and tried to escape in the car, which led to the hit-and-run at about 3 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue,” his lawyer James Blatt said in a statement published at ABC 7. Additionally, Knight’s lawyer confirmed, via the Associated Press, that the 49 year-old was the driver. It was a 59 year-old male named Terry Carter is believed to have died. AllHipHop.com reports that the other injured person is actor Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was prominently featured in Training Day. Bone produced the documentary film on the history of the Bloods street gang, Bastards Of The Party.

Notably, Knight survived a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the same incident, Knight’s friend and Death Row artist, Tupac Shakur, suffered fatal gunshot wounds.

Previously, a handful of Knight’s inner-circle have been gunned down in Compton, dating back to the late 1990s. The recurring murders were the subject of a 2003 Los Angeles Times feature story.

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