Suge Knight Charged With Murder in Hit-and-Run Case

Suge Knight Charged With Murder in Hit-and-Run Case

Former Death Row boss also faces several felony charges.

Published February 2, 2015

Suge Knight was charged Monday with murder and other felony counts following a fatal hit-and-run in a Compton parking lot last week, prosecutors said.

Knight faces charges of murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in another pending case, officials said. He will be arraigned on Tuesday and is currently being held at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles without bail.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge revoked bail for the Death Row Records co-founder earlier today because he's considered a flight risk and is a third-strike candidate. 

Knight, 49, turned himself into police custody after he ran over two men at a burger stand in Compton Thursday afternoon after an altercation on the set of a promotional video for the upcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton. One of the men, Knight's friend Terry Carter, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital hours later.

His attorney claims that he struck the two men accidentally as he tried top get away from two other men who were threatening him. A video showing part of the melee has been taken into custody, though it is not clear if it helps Knight's case or hurts it. Straight Outta Compton producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were reportedly on the scene at the time of the incident, but claim no involvement in the matter.

If convicted, Knight faces up to life in state prison.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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