Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was hospitalized Thursday after a judge ordered him to stand trial in a fatal hit-and-run case that injured another man on set of the biopic Straight Outta Compton, TIME magazine reports.
After a two-day preliminary hearing that ended Thursday, Judge Ronald Coen ruled that Knight, 49, will stand trial on one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, and one count of hit-and-run, according to CNN.
Coen also dismissed one of two counts of hit-and-run against Knight and lowered his bail to $10 million from $25 million, a figure that defense lawyers called excessive, CNN says.
Shortly after the ruling, Knight was hospitalized. TIME reports:
Los Angeles sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says Knight was transported to a hospital after experiencing a medical emergency at a downtown courthouse. She says no further details could be released.
A message sent to Knight’s attorney Matt Fletcher wasn’t immediately returned.
Knight is charged with running down and killing his friend Terry Carter, 55, and attempting to kill Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51, in a burger stand parking lot in February after an argument on the set of Straight Outta Compton, a movie about the rise of the rap group N.W.A. Knight founded with a member of the legendary group, Dr. Dre. Knight was hospitalized moments after pleading not guilty to murder charges.
At his peak, Knight was one of the biggest names in the rap industry. He was driving the car in which Tupac Shakur was a passenger when Tupac was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.
Now, Knight is reportedly dogged by health problems, including being legally blind in one eye, which his lawyer says contributed to the fatal accident. He faces life in prison if convicted of the recent charges. CNN reports:
Knight suffers diabetes and [blood] clots, and the case has clearly strained him: He collapsed in court last month after learning of the $25 million bail and he was taken to the hospital for treatment…
The incident is the latest run-in with the law for Knight, who founded the wildly successful Death Row Records in 1991 and signed artists such as Snoop Dogg (now known as Snoop Lion) and Tupac Shakur…
Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. That prison time — along with Shakur’s death, feuds between Knight and a number of rappers, and desertions by Dr. Dre, Snoop and others — contributed to the label’s bankruptcy in 2006.
Knight’s lawyer David Kenner said his client is remorseful about Carter’s death, but that does not mean he’s guilty of the crimes.
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