*Marion “Suge” Knight was back in court today for a hearing in which prosecutors laid out some of their evidence in his murder case, including reluctant witness and Knight’s victim, Cle “Bone” Sloan.
A judge will determine whether there is enough proof to support murder, attempted-murder and hit-and-run charges against the Death Row Records co-founder, who has been locked up since late January after being accused of hitting two men with his pickup truck outside a Compton burger stand.
Authorities say Knight intentionally hit the men, killing Terry Carter, 55, and seriously injuring Sloan. But Knight’s attorney says his client was ambushed and was trying to escape an attack when he hit the men.
Sloan was the first witness Monday, testifying that he remembers nothing leading up to the crash and that he doesn’t want to be a “snitch.”
“I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison,” he said, adding that he was only on the stand because he was subpoenaed.
Knight’s court hearings already have become dramatic affairs — he fired one set of attorneys during a hearing and medical conditions sent him to the hospital four times from courthouse appearances.
He complained last week when deputies brought him into court handcuffed to a wheelchair and has detailed health woes, including weight loss and blindness in one eye, when he’s been allowed to speak in court.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted of killing Carter. The 49-year-old Knight is being held on $25 million bail, an amount his attorney, Matt Fletcher, has argued is excessive.
Prosecutors must only show a fraction of their evidence and testimony to convince a judge that Knight should be tried.