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Judge Sets $25 Million Bail for Suge Knight


Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept./Photo from unrelated 10/2014 booking.

A Los Angeles judge set Marion “Suge” Knight‘s bail at $25 million dollars during a hearing Friday morning, stemming from a hit-and-run incident in Compton, California last month.

Although Knight’s attorney argued for his client’s bail to be set at $2 million, max, the judge sided with prosecutors who claimed Knight’s past criminal record, and his history of witness intimidation, warranted the higher bail. In addition, Knight was ordered to show proof that his bail was obtained legally. 

Knight also collapsed while in court after bail was set.  Knight’s attorney says his client began sweating profusely, said he wasn’t feeling well, then collapsed, striking his head on a chair.  He reportedly was unconscious for at least ten minutes and required medical attention.  It’s not the first time Knight, who says he suffers from numerous health conditions, has collapsed since his arrest.

The Death Row Records founder has been charged with murder and attempted murder, along with other counts, after he allegedly drove a truck that ran over two men standing in a parking lot outside a Compton restaurant in late January.  One was injured and another, Terry Carter, died.

Knight has pleaded not guilty to all charges.  His attorneys have claimed self-defense, saying Knight was ambushed at the time of the incident.

A preliminary hearing is set for April 13. If convicted in this case, Knight could face life in prison.

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