Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested early Friday morning and charged with murder for the fatal hit and run he was involved in on Thursday.
Suge was arrested at 3 a.m. after surrendering to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held on $2 million bail.
Via the Associated Press:
Officials say that a red pickup truck struck the men in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant. A 55-year-old man died at a hospital and a 51-year-old man was injured but Corina did not immediately know his condition.
“We are confident that once the investigation is completed, he will be totally exonerated,” attorney James Blatt said earlier by telephone.
Late Thursday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told reporters that the crash occurred around 3 p.m. PST in the parking lot of the restaurant in the Los Angeles-area city of Compton and then the driver took off.
“Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again,” Corina said.
“The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act,” he said.
The Sheriff’s Department said in a statement that two people were in the parking lot when the red pick-up arrived and its driver became involved in an argument with them
“The argument escalated and the driver backed up striking one of the victims. The driver then drove forward driving over both victims,” the sheriff’s statement said. “Various witnesses described the driver as being Marion Suge Knight.”
The empty truck was found late Thursday night in a West Los Angeles parking lot, Corina said.
He said the rap mogul was seen driving a red pickup truck 20 minutes earlier in a different part of town where a video was being shot.
Witnesses also spoke of an argument.
“To see the argument happen, it’s one thing,” said 17-year-old Robert Smith, who was eating in the restaurant. “Seeing the car incident, that was shocking.”
Blatt said it was an accident.
“He was in the process of being physically assaulted by two men and in an effort to escape he unfortunately hit two (other) individuals,” the lawyer said. “He was in his car trying to escape.”
This is not going to end well for Suge Knight.