Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a “fatal traffic incident”, the Los Angeles County Sheriff says.
According to BBC, he is being held in West Hollywood on bail of $2m (£1.3m) and could face up to 30 years in prison because of previous convictions.
The record producer had earlier surrendered to police after he was declared a suspect in a hit-and-run incident where one man died. Another man was injured and although he is currently in hospital, his condition is not yet known.
Knight, 49, was involved in an earlier fight with the pair at a different location, Lt Corina added.
One of the victims died in hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Department statement – while the condition of the second victim, who was also taken to the hospital, has yet to be confirmed.
A lawyer for the rap music legend seemed to confirm Knight had been driving at the time, but claimed it was an accident and he was running away from attackers.
Knight had helped launch the careers of artists including Dr Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.
The Death Row Records cofounder, 49, has a decades-long criminal record. Here’s a sampling of his various legal troubles.
Following two battery charges in 1990, Knight became embroiled in a long legal battle stemming from a 1992 incident when he allegedly beat two men at gunpoint at the Solar Records recording studio. Three years later he received a five-year suspended sentence and served one month in a halfway house.
In 1996, he was sentenced to nine years in jail after being caught on tape beating a man at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. He served five years.
In 1997, rapper Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was shot to death while Knight was in prison. Knight was nonetheless considered a suspect – it has long been thought he might have wanted to avenge his friend TupacShakur’s killing the year before – though he was never charged.
Knight served more two months in jail in 2002 for violating his parole, and 10 more months in 2003, for assault. That same year, though no criminal charges were filed against Knight himself and he denied involvement, Death Row and one of its rappers, Big Lurch (who was charged), were named in a wrongful-death lawsuit centering on the gruesome murder of a 21-year-old woman.
In November 2004, he was investigated by police for a Vibe Awards bust-up involving former Death Row label mate Dr. Dre, with whom Knight was specifically prohibited from associating, according to the terms of his parole.
In 2005, he became the victim of a crime himself, as he was shot in the leg at Kanye West’s party before the Video Music Awards.
In 2008, Knight was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, along with drug possession. Charges were dropped.
This past August, he was shot six times, again at a pre-VMAs party. Then, in October, he was arrested for allegedly stealing a camera from a photographer in Beverly Hills the month before. He could face up to 30 years in prison because of previous convictions.
He could face up to 30 years in prison because of previous convictions.
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