Suge Knight Gets No Bail After Fatal Hit-and-Run
UPDATE at 3:56 p.m., Monday, Jan. 2, 2015: Knight has been officially charged with suspicion of murder. See our latest here.
A judge today amended rap mogul Suge Knight's jail hold status to "no bail" following a request by the L.A. Sheriff's Department.
Knight was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder after he allegedly ran his red Ford pickup truck into two men, killing friend Terry Carter, at a Compton hamburger stand Thursday afternoon. His bail was initially set at $2.025 million, but sheriff's officials requested the "no bail" hold until at least tomorrow's court appearance in the case.
At that time a judge could change Knight's bail status. Sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida put it this way to us:
Homicide detectives this morning filled a court order with a judge to raise the bail for Mr. Knight to no bail due to possible flight risk, three-strike candidate, possible witness intimidation issues and his criminal past. The judge reviewed the court order and made the determination to amend the bail to no bail pending the arraignment or bail hearing for Suge Knight.
Knight's attorney over the weekend reportedly said his client was expected to make bail today.
The man behind bankrupt Death Row Records served five years behind bars for a 1996 Las Vegas beatdown widely believed to have precipitated the fatal attack on Tupac Shakur as he rode with Knight following the fight.
In 2003 Knight punched a parking-lot attendant. And last year he was charged with suspicion of robbery after the camera of a photographer was allegedly taken by force in Beverly Hills.
Thursday's incident started with a confrontation at the set of a promotional ad for the film Straight Outta Compton and ended with a meet-up at Tam's Burger's in Compton, where victim Carter was reportedly trying to broker some peace.
Former L.A. Weekly music editor Ben Westhoff has perhaps the most detailed report yet on what happened at the Compton burger stand, including witness assertions that Knight was physically attacked and was trying to get away when the men were struck. Read it here.
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