Marion “Suge” Knight, the troubled hip-hop impresario, is shown in a newly released security video running over two men in his truck, which led to murder charges. The video provides a clear view of what went down, although it’s being interpreted differently.
Knight’s defense attorney claims the video exonerates Knight, who was in fear for his life at the time of the incident and was attempting to flee the scene.
Prosecutors believe the video shows Knight willfully ran over the men in a wanton act of murder, according to TMZ, which obtained and published the video today (Mar. 9).
The incident unfolded in Compton today (Jan. 29) following a promotional video shoot for upcoming biopic about the pioneering rap group NWA. Knight had been told to leave the shoot where ex-partner and now antagonist Dr. Dre was filming footage for “Straight Outta Compton.”
After the shoot, the crew members got together at Tam’s Burgers in Compton.
The video shows Suge pulling up in his red pickup truck. Although some of the truck is outside the security camera’s view the front portion of the truck is visible.
He stops the truck before entering the lot and is confronted by Cle “Bone” Sloan, who had been hired to provide security for the film shoot. He immediately approaches Suge’s open window and the two appear to struggle.
Knight suddenly reverses the truck and sideswipes Sloan, knocking him to the ground violently. Instead of turning left and heading down the road, Knight guns it, hits Sloan again and mows down Terry Carter, who was initially identified as Knight’s friend.
The truck’s front and back wheels drive over Carter, who is dragged under the truck as Knight speeds off, fleeing the scene.
Of significance, the video also shows another individual approach Sloan’s motionless body and take what looks like a gun from him and sticking it in his waistband.
Suge’s lawyer asserts that Bone and Terry both had guns. Knight claims several people in the crowd were armed and threatening to shoot him, according to TMZ.
Carter’s family apparently feels differently. They reportedly asked TMZ to post the video. Portions of the video have been blurred, but it still is shockingly graphic.
Last August, Knight was one of several people shot outside L.A. club 10AK during a party hosted by R&B singer Chris Brown leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards.
He was hit six times and was believed to be the target of the assailants. So far, he’s refused to cooperate with police.
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