LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight appeared in court Monday for a preliminary hearing in the murder case filed against him.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Knight, 49, has been charged with murder, attempted murder and two hit-and-run counts in the running down two men in Compton near the set of Universal Pictures’ “Straight Outta Compton.”
Monday’s hearing addressed if there is enough evidence for Knight to stand trial on the charges.
Shortly before 3 p.m. Jan. 29, Knight struck two men — Terry Carter, 55, and Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51 — with his pickup in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Carter was killed and Sloan suffered injuries to a foot and to his chest.
His attorneys, however, claim the co-founder of Death Row Records acted in self-defense during the incident.
In March, Knight collapsed in court after a bail hearing in which a Los Angeles Superior Court judge set his bail at $25 million.
Sloan was the first witness who took the stand during Monday’s hearing. He testified that he did not remember what happened during the accident and explained he did not want to be used to send Knight to prison.
His criminal history dates back to 1987.
For the murder charge alone, Knight could face a potential sentence of 75 years to life in state prison.