'Suge' Knight remains behind bars after bail hearing postponed

Mon Feb 9, 2015 3:58pm EST
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By Daina Beth Solomon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight will stay in jail for at least five more weeks in a fatal hit-and-run case after a judge agreed to a request by defense lawyers to postpone a bail hearing set for Monday.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of influential label Death Row Records, is being held without bail on murder and felony hit-and-run charges in connection with the Jan. 29 incident at Tam's Burgers in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Defense lawyers had sought the hearing to petition Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ricardo Ocampo to set bond for Knight.

But they asked on Monday that it be delayed while they reviewed discovery materials in the high-profile case. Ocampo set the new bail review hearing for March 20.

Ocampo also rejected a request by defense attorney David Kenner to allow Knight's personal physician to visit him in jail, saying the county had plenty of competent doctors to attend to him.

Knight was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition last week immediately after his arraignment on the charges and released two days later.

Outside court on Monday, Kenner said his client had passed out following the hearing and was "having serious breathing issues." Knight was shot and wounded at a Los Angeles nightclub last year.

The attorney said Knight was also suffering from blood clots. Asked how the music producer was feeling, he responded: "In terms of the case, optimistic. In terms of his health, not so much."   Continued...

Rap mogul Suge Knight is pictured with attorney David E. Kenner (L) in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in Compton, California February 3, 2015. REUTERS/Paul Buck/Pool