Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight refuses to attend L.A. court hearing
Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight refused to leave his jail cell to attend a court hearing on robbery charges on Wednesday (May 27), saying he was ill, and a judge vowed to have him forcibly extracted if he did so again, a court spokeswoman said.
The LA Superior Court hearing for Knight, 50, was postponed until Friday (May 29) because of his failure to appear in court.
Knight, the co-founder of influential hip hop label Death Row Records, is charged with robbery and making a terroristic threat in connection with the September theft of a camera in Beverly Hills. He has pleaded not guilty.
The music executive is charged in a separate case with murder and attempted murder stemming from a hit-and-run at a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.
Knight is accused of deliberately running over Terry Carter, 55, who later died, and another man with his pickup truck following an argument on the set of a commercial for the film “Straight Outta Compton.” He has pleaded not guilty in that case as well.
If Knight is convicted at trial in the hit-and-run case he faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
He has previous convictions from 1997 on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, according to court documents.