An update on the case against rap mogul Suge Knight, his murder trial has been delayed and he attempts to reduce the $10 million bail against him.
The Death Row Records co-founder has been awaiting trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run after a dispute near the movie set of the Straight Outta of Compton in January, 2015.
According to reports he struck and killed his friend Terry Carter and injured actor Cle Sloan as he tried to drive away from a fight. Knight’s trial was scheduled to begin on February 22, 2017, but it has now been pushed back to May 17th to give Knight and his legal team time to present new evidence in a bid to lower his bail.
A report from the New York Daily News, Knight will file the bail motion in the near future and plans to present evidence to support his claims producer Dr. Dre tried to have him killed following a bad business deal.
Suge stated that Dr. Dre, real name Andre Young, hired a hitman to kill him during a party before the MTV Video Music Awards at 1 OAK in Los Angeles in 2014, when he was shot several times.
He also claimed Sloan was hired by Young and associates and paid $300,000 to take out Knight.
“We have a really great shot at our next bail hearing,” Knight’s fiancee Toi-Lin Kelly explains from the Los Angeles courthouse where Knight’s trail is scheduled to happen. “Suge is really willing to go to trial tomorrow. That’s how much compelling evidence we have. We are very ambitious about moving forward to trial.”
Former N.W.A band members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were also initially named in the suit, but in October a judge cleared them of any responsibility for Carter’s death.
We will give you more updates on this story as it develops.