Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested for murder in LA hit and run

By Lee Jones

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) -- Homicide detectives near Los Angeles have arrested rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight on one count of murder for his alleged connection to a fatal hit and run earlier this week, sheriff’s officials said on Friday.

The victims were loitering in a parking lot in Compton, near the city of Los Angeles, on Thursday afternoon when a red pickup truck approached. The driver of the truck, who numerous witnesses identified as Knight, became involved in an argument with the victims. The argument escalated, after which the driver allegedly struck one of the victims with the back of his truck before driving off, running over both victims.

One of the victims was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital while the other remains hospitalized in an unknown condition. Neither of the victims have been officially identified.

“Homicide Detectives have arrested Marion ‘Suge’ Knight for murder,” said Deputy Trina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “He was booked at a West Hollywood Station at approximately 3 a.m. and is being held in lieu of $2,000,000 bail.”

Knight has been in the media eye since he opened his wildly successful rap label Death Row Records in 1991. The label, which signed popular artists such as MC Hammer, Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg, has made approximately $750 million in profits since.

Death Row Records went into decline after Tupac Shakur’s 1996 murder, but remained an independent label until 2006, when Knight filed bankruptcy after civil litigation. Knight has a number of criminal convictions in his record, including various robberies and drug charges.

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