Suge Knight admits manslaughter over fatal confrontation
Oct 05 2018
Suddenly, the vehicle backs up, knocking Sloan to the ground.
Knight, 52, had been charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run for using a pickup truck to allegedly run down Carter and Cle "Bone" Sloan in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue on January 29, 2015. The trial is finally set to begin with jury selection to take place this coming Monday (Sept. 24). The SUV then speeds forward, driving over Sloan, then hitting and driving over another man, 55-year-old Terry Carter, who later died.
Knight had also been charged with one count of hit-and-run.
The fatal confrontation, which was captured on dramatic surveillance video, occurred near a filming set for a promotional video for the movie "Straight Outta Compton", the origin story of the rap group N.W.A.
Knight, who was out on bail in a robbery case at the time, fled the scene but was later arrested.
Knight, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced October 4 and in exchange for his plea, prosecutors are calling for a sentence of 28 years in prison.
Knight's lawyers previously contended he accidentally struck the two men with his vehicle while trying to flee what he thought was an ambush attempt.
By entering his plea, Knight resolves two other pending criminal cases: Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014 and he was charged for allegedly stealing a camera from a woman in September 2014.
During Thursday's hearing, Knight answered Judge Ronald Coen's questions, loudly and quickly saying "no contest" when the judge asked for his plea.
Knight, a Compton native and former football player, co-founded Death Row Records, which in its heyday in the early 1990s was generating revenues of about $100 million per year.
Knight, who was incarcerated at the time, was named by police a few years later as a suspect in the Wallace slaying but was never charged. 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. Both rap murders remain unsolved.