Suge Knight to stand trial for murder for hit and run deaths

A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Suge Knight will stand trial for murder.

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He’s accused of a hit-and-run killing of a man outside a hamburger stand in January.

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The rap mogul has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and attempted murder over the incident.

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It followed an argument on the set of a commercial for the film Straight Outta Compton.

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Knight is accused of deliberately running over the victim and another man with his pickup truck.

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If found guilty, the co-founder of Death Row Records would face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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Judge Ronald Coen made his ruling after a preliminary hearing to consider evidence in the case.

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Judge Coen said: “It appeared to me it was not an attempt to escape. It was an attempt at murder.”

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He did reduce Knight’s bail to $10 million from $25 million, which Knight said had been excessive.

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Suge Knight with a camera pointing at him

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Prosecutors say Knight fought with one of the two men through the window of his vehicle before putting the truck into reverse, knocking both of them to the ground.

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They then claim he pulled forward to run over both men.

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Knight’s legal team say it was an accident as their client fled what he believed to have been an ambush attempt.

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The case has taken a long time to get to this point because Knight collapsed in court on a previous hearing and in another he was hospitalised after complaining of chest pains.

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He’s also said he’s now blind in one eye and has about 15 per cent vision in the other. – BBC