Marion “Suge” Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges after the former rap music mogul struck two men with his pickup in January.  Judge Ronald Coen made the ruling after a hearing that focused heavily on the testimony of the man who survived the incident, Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was largely uncooperative.

Sloan told investigators that he attacked Knight and didn’t want to be a “snitch”.  He offered a detailed account of the events leading up to the fatal incident.  Authorities believe that Knight intentionally hit the men killing Terry Carter, 55.  Knight’s attorney, Matt Fletcher, says his client was ambushed and was trying to escape.

Sloan’s testimony demonstrated the difficulty in prosecuting Knight, who has gang ties and a reputation for intimidating witnesses.

“I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison,” Sloan testified, adding that he was only testifying because he was forced to.

Prosecutors granted Sloan, a former gang member who has known Knight for decades, limited immunity after he said he intended to invoke his 5th amendment rights.

Knight, 49, was a key figure in the 90s gangster rap empire and his label once boasted Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg.  Knight lost control of his company after it went into bankruptcy.

Sloan, an adviser on the upcoming film “Straight Outta Compton,” said he was trying to forget that day.  He suffered two fractured ankles, a serious head wound, two torn knee ligaments, and a shoulder injury.

“Every day, I try to forget it,” Sloan said, “I just know, I screwed up, and Terry’s dead.”

The judge also heard from the lead detective investigating the case and watched security camera footage of the crash.

The video shows Knight and Sloan fighting through the window of the truck before Knight puts the vehicle in reverse striking Sloan and running over Carter before he flees the scene.

Fletcher, Knight’s attorney, pressed Sloan on his feelings toward Knight and whether he was “enraged” at him on the day of the crash.  Fletcher painted Sloan as the aggressor.

Knight “hadn’t attacked you in any form, fashion or manner. You agree?”

Sloan answered, “Yes.”


At one point during the hearing, the judge said of Sloan, “I find that this witness is being deceptive.”

Knight faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Knight pled no contest in 1995 to an assault on two rap entertainers in 1992, he was sentenced to 5 years’ probation.  In 1997, he was sentenced to prison for violating his probation after taking part in a brawl at a Las Vegas hotel a few hours before Tupac Shakur was fatally gunned down as he rode in Knight’s car.  Shakur’s murder is unsolved.


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