Averting a murder trial that had been almost four years in coming, former rap mogul Marion (Suge) Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman and agreed to serve almost 30 years in prison.
Knight, wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, entered the plea at Los Angeles Superior Court ahead of his scheduled murder trial. Knight was arrested on murder charges after running over Terry Carter outside of a Compton restaurant in January of 2015, then fleeing the scene. Terry Carter, 55, was killed and the other man was injured.
The murder case against Suge Knight has ended, with the former Death Row mogul set to serve twenty-eight years in prison.
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Knight, left, sits next to his defence attorney Albert DeBlanc Jr. while listening to the terms of his plea of no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
On Thursday, Knight requested a new attorney, who would be the 15th in the case. The trial was speculated to begin on October 1st and would have involved unusually tight security, including the non-publication of a witness list before proceedings began, and identity suppression of some of the witnesses called. The deal was presided by Judge Ronald S. Coen who received the agreement from Knight who only uttered "yes".
Knight has always been known as much for his run-ins with the law and brushes with violence and as for his career as a rap music executive who promoted the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur in the 1990s. Knight, who was at the wheel, was slightly wounded himself. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.
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He had faced life in prison.
Knight was released from prison in April 2001. Knight was indicted for making criminal threats in August 2014.
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