After countless delays, former Death Row Records executive Marion “Suge” Knight’s murder trial finally has a start date.
In March, Knight's 15th defense lawyer Dominique Banos was released from the case due to a conflict of interest, leading many to believe that the trial would continue to be delayed. But on Tuesday, the New York Daily News reported that Sept. 24 has now been chosen as the "go date" for jury selection, and court-appointed lawyer Albert DeBlanc Jr. will lead his defense.
Knight is pleading not guilty after being charged with murder and attempted murder for allegedly striking Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan with his truck in the parking lot of a Compton restaurant in 2015. According to the L.A. Times, the incident took place after a dispute on the Straight Outta Compton movie set. Carter died from his injuries.
Knight was hospitalized for an undisclosed reason in early April, but now his family clarified it was for an issue with his left eye. "He had eye surgery," Knight's sister Karen Anderson said. "He was in a lot of pain—a lot of pain. His left eye is partially blind."
Shortly after his new trial date was determined, Knight was involved in a separate hearing for a criminal threats proceeding, where a judge turned to Knight and asked who he thought would win the NBA playoffs, according to the L.A. Times.
Knight responded, "Houston."
Seemingly pleased with the answer, the judge responded, "Alright, Houston. Good pick."