Witness balks on stand in murder case against rap mogul Suge Knight

Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:59pm EDT
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By Daina Beth Solomon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A key witness in the hit-and-run murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight told a Los Angeles judge on Monday he was reluctant to "snitch" against the one-time rap music mogul, declining even to positively identify him in open court.

Cle "Boan" Sloan, one of two men Knight is accused of deliberately running over in his pickup truck at a hamburger stand in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, took the witness stand at a preliminary hearing in the case.

Prosecutors say Knight traded punches with Sloan through the window of his vehicle before putting the truck into reverse, knocking Sloan and another man, Terry Carter, to the ground. They say he then pulled forward to run over both men.

Carter, 55, later died. Sloan, 51, suffered a badly mangled left foot and head injuries.

Knight, 49, is charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of felony hit-and-run in the Jan. 29 fracas, which followed an argument on the set of a commercial for the film "Straight Outta Compton."

On the witness stand at the start of the hearing, Sloan, who described himself as a "non-active gang member," balked at giving testimony that would incriminate the defendant, and he repeatedly said he recalled few of the circumstances surrounding their confrontation.

“I’m no snitch and I will not be made to be a snitch,” he said. "I will not be used to send Suge Knight to prison."

Asked by Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes if he could identify Knight as she pointed to him in the courtroom, Sloan said, "That doesn't look like Mr. Knight."   Continued...

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge'' Knight appears in court in Los Angeles April 8, 2015, on charges that he and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams stole a photographer's camera in Beverly Hills. REUTERS/Irfan Khan/Pool