Severly impaired vision will add to Suge Knight’s growing list of defenses in his fatal-hit-and run case. Knight’s lawyer says that the 49-year-old is legally blind and was unable to see properly when he mowed down Cle “Bone” Sloan and, Terry Carter, killing the latter.
Matthew Fletcher, his attorney, claims blindness in Knight’s left eye prevented him from turning and leaving the scene of the incident, after he was allegedly ambushed. Before fleeing completely, Knight ran over Sloan and then Carter, who Fletcher said was standing on the left side of the vehicle and was therefore in his blind spot.
Knight’s bad eyesight is a result of glaucoma, caused by diabetes.
Fletcher is also building a “stand your ground” defense. California law states that a person in fear of “death or bodily injury” has the right to defend themselves “if reasonably necessary” and to pursue an assailant until the threat of danger “has passed.”
The challenge will be in Knight proving that he was actually scared for his life. Surveillance video captured the incident but does not prove either side’s claim conclusively.
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