Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty, Has Panic Attack

He's taken to the hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2015 5:45 PM CST
Updated Feb 3, 2015 12:13 PM CST
Suge Knight Charged With Murder
In this Jan. 30, 2015 file image from video, Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, right, walks into the Los Angeles County Sheriffs department in connection with the hit-and-run incident.   (Uncredited)

Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded not guilty this morning to murder and attempted murder, and it was apparently a stressful experience: TMZ reports that the former hip-hop music mogul suffered a panic attack and was rushed to the hospital. It's the second time he's ended up hospital-bound while in police custody; he passed out in a jail cell in November because of a blood clot. Knight was charged yesterday with murder after he struck two men with his pickup truck last week. Prosecutors allege that Knight intended to run down a friend and another man after an argument on a movie set. The friend, Terry Carter, was killed; Cle "Bone" Sloan was injured, TMZ reports. Attorney James Blatt says Knight accidentally ran over the men on Thursday as he tried to escape a vicious attack.

Knight's initial bail of $2 million was revoked yesterday after a court commissioner agreed that he was a potential flight risk and could intimidate witnesses. Knight faced four felony counts including murder in the death of 55-year-old Carter; "attempted, willful, deliberate, and premeditated murder" involving 51-year-old Sloan; plus two charges of hit-and-run. Authorities say Knight had argued with Sloan, who was working at a location for Straight Outta Compton, a film about the rise of the rap group NWA. They allege the argument resumed in the parking lot where the two men were run down after Knight and Sloan exchanged punches through the pickup truck's window. A conviction could result in Knight's third serious felony under California's three strikes sentencing law, and lead to a life sentence. (Read more murder stories.)

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