Suge Knight’s legal problems continue to grow as he is arrested and now charged with murder after a fatal hit-and-run incident and facing life in prison.
Marion “Suge” Knight has been charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder, and two counts of a hit-and-run for allegedly running over two men with his car in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton, California. One of the men, Terry Carter, died.
The morning after the incident, Suge and his attorney went to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where detectives were waiting to question him.
Suge is facing up to life in prison if he is convicted of murder. California defines murder as the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought. “Malice aforethought” means that the defendant intended to commit an unlawful act. If eyewitness accounts are true, Suge is in trouble. Witnesses have said that Suge got into his truck, followed the two men to the parking lot, hit them with the truck, backed over them, and then drove away.
Suge and his attorney, however, contend that the incident was a “tragic accident” and that Suge accidently hit the two men as he was driving away after they tried to drag him out of his truck. If this is true, then Knight may claim that hitting them was an accident as he tried to drive away.
But this does not get Suge off the hook completely. In California, when a hit-and-run ends in death, prosecutors have two options: felony hit-and-run or misdemeanor hit-and-run. If Suge were to be convicted of a misdemeanor hit-and-run, he would have to serve at least 90 days in jail and pay between 1,000 and 10,000 dollars. If Suge is convicted of a felony hit-and-run that ends in death, he will have to pay the fine and serve two to four years in prison.
Under California law, prosecutors must prove that Suge was involved in the accident that resulted in injury or death, which he has admitted. Second, the prosecutor must prove that Suge knew an accident had occurred. Suge has claimed that he did not know that he had hit the two men. Third, the prosecutor must prove that Suge knew someone was injured or killed, or that the accident was so extreme that an injury or death was inevitable. Fourth, prosecutors must prove that Suge willfully left the scene of the accident.
If prosecutors cannot prove that Suge knew he ran someone over or that he did it on purpose, he could get off. If you’ve been arrested in conjunction with a hit-and-run incident, contact Ozols Law Firm today at 619-288-8357.
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