Graphic video of Suge Knight running over two men raises questions

Kevork Djansezian/APMarion "Suge" Knight

Newly released video graphically depicts former rap music mogul Suge Knight running over two men with his pickup truck, but leaves questions about an attack that he says forced him to speed away from the deadly crash.

Surveillance footage from a Compton fast-food restaurant shows one of the men getting knocked down as the pickup reverses. The truck then speeds forward, running over the fallen man and a second man.

An attorney for the Death Row Records co-founder says the video posted by TMZ on Monday shows that the men attacked his client before the Jan. 29 encounter and that it will help his defense against murder and attempted murder charges.

“They attacked Suge without question,” lawyer Matthew Fletcher told reporters after a hearing Monday.

Gary Dordick, an attorney for the family of the slain man, Terry Carter, said the video shows “a senseless act of violence.” Carter, 55, was a friend of Knight, and authorities do not believe he was involved in any attack.

The video shows a red pickup pulling into the restaurant parking lot and a man approaching the driver’s side window. There is commotion in the cabin of Knight’s truck, but no clear footage of the purported attack.

The clash occurred shortly after Knight was told to leave a location where a promotional video was being shot for “Straight Outta Compton,” an N.W.A biopic. Authorities said the argument resumed at the parking lot.

Fletcher downplayed the argument at the video shoot, saying Knight complied when asked to leave the set.

Authorities accuse Knight of intentionally running over the men, killing Carter and seriously injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Knight, 49, did not speak at Monday’s brief hearing, which came a week after he was taken to a hospital from a previous court appearance, where he told a judge he was going blind and had fired his legal team.

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