Death Row Records founder Suge Knight will be held in jail six more weeks

Knight has been charged with murder and attempted murder after hit-and-run

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The Independent Online

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight will be kept in jail an additional six weeks as his bail hearing has been postponed until 20 March.

Mr Knight faces charges that could carry life in prison and prosecutors reportedly will consider levying additional charges against him over the next six weeks.

The founder of the infamous 1990s rap label Death Row Records has been charged with murder and attempted murder stemming from a hit-and-run last month that killed one man and injured another, according to a BBC report.

Prosecutors allege that Mr Knight intentionally hit Terry Carter and Cle Sloan on 29 January in suburban Los Angeles. Mr Carter, said to be a friend of Mr Knight, died from his injuries. Mr Knight’s lawyer claims it was an accident and the former rap producer was trying to escape an attack.

Mr Knight pleaded not guilty last week to the charges before complaining of chest pain and being taken to a hospital. He was shot last year in a Los Angeles night club and also reportedly suffers from blood clots.

When asked if he approved the delay in his bail hearing on Monday, Mr Knight consented. In the next six weeks, prosecutors reportedly are considering many additional charges against him.

In 1991, he founded Death Row Records with Dr Dre and others, and the label grew to become one of the most influential in rap music in the 1990s, with artists such as Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.

Mr Knight has a history of legal troubles, the Los Angeles Times reported. In 1996, Mr Knight was at the wheel of a BMW in Las Vegas when passenger and popular rapper Tupac Shakur was shot by gunmen in another vehicle. Mr Shakur died a week later, and the case has not been solved.

In 1997, Mr Knight was sentenced to nine years in prison for violating the terms of his probation from an earlier assault case. He was released from prison in 2001 but was sent back to jail two years later for violating parole when he hit a parking attendant.

 

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