Rap mogul Suge Knight fires his lawyer in California robbery case

Wed Apr 8, 2015 2:22pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight on Wednesday fired his attorney in a robbery case at a hearing in Los Angeles, and also complained to a judge about being taken to court in a wheelchair.

The Death Row Records founder, 49, is accused of stealing a camera in an altercation with a celebrity photographer in southern California.

He is charged with murder in a separate case, in which prosecutors said he ran down two men with a pickup truck at a Los Angeles area burger stand on Jan. 29, killing one of them, following an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton."

Comedian Katt Williams, 43, is also charged in the robbery case.

During a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court, Knight did not give a reason for making his request to replace his attorney, David Kenner, when Judge Ronald Coen asked him if that was what he wanted to do.

"Is Kenner fired?" Coen later asked.

"Kenner is fired," Knight said.

Kenner, who has a long history of working with Knight, was not present during the court hearing.   Continued...

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court during a bail review hearing in Los Angeles, California March 20, 2015. REUTERS/Robyn Beck/Pool