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Suge Knight Lawyers Arrested as 'Accessories After the Fact'

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By    |   Friday, 26 January 2018 11:55 AM

Two of Marion "Suge" Knight's former lawyers were arrested and charged as "accessories after the fact" in connection with the jailed music mogul's upcoming murder trial.

Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper were arrested after prosecutors claimed they tried to bribe witnesses, Rolling Stone magazine reported, as part Knight's trial for the death of Terry Carter in January 2015.

Fletcher and Culpepper were both being held in lieu of $1 million bail, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Alexander, per KTLA-TV.

The Associated Press reported that August court filings had prosecutors charging that transcripts from recorded conversations had Knight and his attorneys talking about making up testimony and about Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, paying off potential witnesses.

Talk of the alleged bribes happened in 2015 in calls between a jailed Knight and Fletcher, Knight's fiancée, and the music mogul's business partner, the AP said. Prosecutors claim they talked about payments up to $25,000 to witnesses for testimony saying the victims or others at the scene were armed, to strengthen Knight's self-defense claim, per the AP.

In the 2015 incident, surviving members of rap group NWA were filming a promotional video for their biopic "Straight Outta Compton" when Knight allegedly struck two people with his truck near the scene of the filming, killing Carter, The Guardian reported.

Knight's lawyers claimed he didn’t know he hit someone with his truck and fled the scene fearing for his safety, per The Guardian.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Department said, according to witness statements, it appeared to on purpose.

"Looks like he drove backwards and struck the victims and drove forwards and struck them again," Sheriff Lt. John Corina told reporters at the time, per The Guardian. "The people we talked to say it looked like it was an intentional act."

Knight claimed that he was defending himself at the time, according to TMZ.

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