Judge refuses to reduce bail for ‘Suge’ Knight hit-and-run case

July 20, 2015

This past Friday (July 7), an LA judge rejected a request by Marion “Suge” Knight to lower his bail for murder charges stemming from a fatal hit-and-run.

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Suge’s Attorney Tom Mesereau argued that a recording of the January 29 incident outside Tam’s Burgers in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton had shown, among other things, that one of the men Knight ran over with his pick-up truck was armed.

“Most significantly, the video discloses one of his attackers brandishing a weapon. When this armed attacker dropped his gun, the video depicts an associate retrieving the weapon and placing it in his waistband,” Mesereau wrote in court papers seeking lower bail for his high-profile client.

The attorney claimed that Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, had been “viciously attacked” at the burger stand and was fleeing for his life when he struck Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan with his Ford F-150.

Carter, 55, was struck and killed by the truck. Sloan, 51, survived his injuries. The incident was captured by surveillance cameras from Tam’s Burgers.

But Judge Ronald Coen, during a brief hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, said the videotape did not show anything that would clearly indicate that Knight was acting in self-defense.

Coen also denied Knight’s request to move to a different jail cell and to receive private medical care.