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Rap Mogul Suge Knight Fires Attorney, Will Represent Himself

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, who’s
accused of running down two men in Compton and killing one of them, informed a
judge today that he has fired one of his attorneys and asked to represent
himself for the next several weeks.
Knight did not offer any reason for the pro per request, which was
denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen.
Attorney David Kenner, who was not in the courtroom, is off the case.
Knight retained Matthew Fletcher as his attorney of record and has until the
end of May to add to his defense team.
Coen set a May 27 preliminary hearing-setting date.
Knight, who collapsed in court at his last hearing on March 20, was
brought into the courtroom this morning in a wheelchair. But he told the judge
that he doesn’t need it any longer, and bailiffs cleared the courtroom to
remove the chair.
Today’s court session was uneventful compared to the previous one, when
the 49-year-old defendant knocked his head on a chair and fell unconscious,
marking at least the third time he was hospitalized following a court hearing.
Knight’s collapse last month came within minutes after a hearing in
which Coen agreed to the prosecution’s request to set bail at $25 million.
Knight had been held without bail since Feb. 2, shortly before being charged
with one count each of murder and attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-
run resulting in death or serious injury to another person.
At the time of his arrest Jan. 30 in connection with the crash a day
earlier, he had been free on $500,000 bail in a separate case in which he and
comedian Micah “Katt” Williams are charged with robbery for allegedly
stealing a camera Sept. 5 from a paparazzo in Beverly Hills.
Knight is charged in the death of 55-year-old Terry Carter. He’s also
charged with the attempted murder of Cle “Bone” Sloan, who survived being
struck at 2:55 p.m. Jan. 29 in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200
block of West Rosecrans Avenue near Central Avenue.
Knight’s attorney contends that his client was attacked “in broad
daylight” after being lured to the parking lot and that his client had a right
to act in self-defense to try to get away from his assailants.
The prosecutor told the judge last month that Knight has been convicted
of crimes in California and Nevada, along with federal court, and that he was
on bail in the robbery case at the time of Carter’s death.
Knight, a Compton native and former football player, co-founded Death
Row Records, which in its heyday in the early 1990s generated revenues of up to
$100 million per year.
He helped launch some of rap’s biggest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop
Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur. Knight was with Shakur when the rapper was
gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996.