In this still image from a security video made on Jan. 29, 2015, and provided by the Los Angeles Superior Court where it was entered into evidence, an SUV driven by rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is stopped at the entrance to a fast food restaurant in Compton, Calif., near Los Angeles, as a man approaches the vehicle. Moments later, the video shows the SUV backing up and Cle “Bone” Sloan being thrown to the ground. The SUV then speeds forward, driving over Sloan, then hitting and driving over another man, 55-year-old Terry Carter, who later died. A judge ruled on Thursday, April 16, 2015, that Knight will stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office/Los Angeles Superior Court via AP)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Video of Marion “Suge” Knight plowing into two men with his pickup truck and other key evidence in the former rap music mogul’s murder case was released Friday by a Los Angeles court.
Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen reviewed the items before determining this week that Knight should stand trial. He authorized their release in response to a request from The Associated Press.
Among the evidence made public was a recording of an hourlong interview with the man who survived being struck by Knight’s pickup, and photos of the Death Row Records co-founder after his arrest.
The video of Knight running over the two men in late January was shot by a surveillance camera monitoring the drive-thru at a burger stand. It likely will be used by both sides during Knight’s trial.
Coen ruled Thursday that there was enough evidence for Knight, 49, to stand trial on charges that he killed Terry Carter and attempted to kill Cle “Bone” Sloan during the parking lot confrontation.
Knight has pleaded not guilty. His attorney has said Knight was fleeing an ambush by Sloan and others when he hit the men outside a Compton burger stand.
The nine-minute video played by a prosecutor in court shows Knight’s pickup truck pulling up to the driveway of the burger stand and Sloan approaching the driver’s side window.
A struggle ensues, and Sloan told detectives he repeatedly punched Knight in response to insults by the former rap mogul. Knight’s pickup is seen backing up, throwing Sloan to the ground before the truck drives over his legs and then plows over Carter.
The entire incident took approximately 30 seconds. The video continues until a paramedic arrives.
Knight’s attorney, Matt Fletcher, has said the footage appears to show an associate of Sloan’s taking a gun off of him after he is run over, and jurors likely will be shown an enhanced version of the video.
Knight turned himself in to authorities the morning after the incident. Detectives took pictures of him to try to show he had no serious injuries from the attack.
Sloan’s interview with detectives also will be crucial to the case since he is unlikely to repeat the lucid account of the event that he gave investigators. In court Monday, Sloan repeatedly said he didn’t remember what happened and refused to identify Knight as the person who injured him, saying he didn’t want to be a “snitch.”
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