Surveillance footage showing the moment that Marion ‘Suge’ Knight allegedly ran over two men in his truck, leaving one dead, has surfaced online.
The 49-year-old star, Death Row Records founder, is on trial for the murder and attempted murder of Terry Carter, 55, and Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan, 51 following a hit and run.
Although prosecutors allege that the US record producer intended to kill and fled the scene his lawyer, James Blatt, claims he was trying to escape an attack on the set of Straight Outta Compton, a film about rap group NWA, when the accident occurred.
“He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two [other] individuals. He was in his car trying to escape,” Blatt said in a statement after Knight turned himself in to police.
Obtained by TMZ, the two-minute clip shows Sloan, who was in charge of security for the film, confronting Knight moments after the former record label boss pulls up in his red truck. Following their brief confrontation through the driver’s window, Knight reverses the vehicle, clipping Sloan with the side view mirror and knocking him to the ground.
Three other men also approach as Knight’s truck speeds forward toward the car parks’ exit. Carter, who later died from his injuries, is mowed down in the process.
Both the prosecution and defence are expected to use the video evidence taken from Tam’s Burgers drive-thru lane as evidence in the murder case.
Earlier in March, Knight was taken to hospital for the third time after informing the judge presiding over his hit-and-run murder case that he is suffering from blindness and other health complications.
The music producer said he was completely blind in one eye and had only about 15% vision in the other. He also told the court that he was receiving inadequate medical treatment in custody and had fired attorneys handling his case.
Knight, who helped launch the careers of stars including Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg, is no stranger to the judicial system having spent time in prison in the past.
In 1996, he served five years for a parole violation stemming from a prior conviction of armed robbery and assault with a gun. The music producer has also been implicated in a number of crimes ranging from homicide to domestic violence.