Suge Knight trial: Rap mogul pleads no contest over hit-and-run death

Tabitha Dunn
September 21, 2018

According to TMZ, Suge Knight has struck a plea deal in the murder case of Terry Carter this afternoon (September 20).

Knight ran over Carter after a fistfight with Compton consultant Cle "Bone" Sloan, whom he also clipped with his truck.

The deal, which was presented in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, puts to bed a murder case that was almost four years in the making.

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Knight, co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records, entered the plea ahead of his scheduled trial on murder charges. He said he feared Carter and Sloan were going to shoot him and his only option was to flee. The deal was presided by Judge Ronald S. Coen who received the agreement from Knight who only uttered "yes". Knight's extensive criminal record includes serving jail time on three separate occasions for crimes in the late 1980s and early '90s, including armed robbery and assault with a gun. Reports state Knight did not want to take the plea deal with media present. He was accused of stealing a camera from a woman and of sending threatening text messages to Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

Knight collapsed during one court hearing, two of his former attorneys were indicted on witness-tampering charges, and his fiancée pleaded no contest to selling video of Knight hitting the two men with his truck. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992. In 1997, he was sentenced to jail for violating that probation after participating in an altercation in Las Vegas that culminated hours later in the fatal shooting of Tupac Shakur while he rode in Knight's auto.

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