Former Death Row Records owner Marion “Suge” Knight‘s ex-attorneys appeared in court Friday (March 16) to plead not guilty to charges connected to witness tampering in the jailed music mogul’s murder trial.
According to reports, Knight’s former lawyers appeared in a California courtroom to declare their innocence after getting accused of trying to make witnesses from a 2015 incident lie.
Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper entered the pleas Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to counts including conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Fletcher’s attorney Mark Geragos said outside court that the men’s indictment is a “full frontal assault on those who practice criminal defense.” Knight is awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder after hitting two men with his truck outside a Compton burger stand in 2015. He has pleaded not guilty. (AP News)
Back in August, buzz developed about Suge allegedly trying to bribe a murder case witness.
Suge Knight and his attorney Matthew Fletcher are accused of attempting to orchestrate witness bribery ahead of the rap mogul’s murder trial, prosecutors revealed Wednesday. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office based the allegations on a series of prison phone calls between Knight and his lawyer. (Rolling Stone)
Despite the headline-generating drama, Knight’s ex-attorney denied the accusations.
Prosecutors are making the blockbuster claim Suge Knight tried to buy witnesses in his murder case — but one of the rap mogul’s lawyers denied the theory Thursday. “I’ve never paid anyone, period, end of story,” lawyer Matt Fletcher told the Daily News. “As far as I know, (witnesses) haven’t been paid by anyone,” he said. “I don’t believe Suge Knight has the money to pay anyone.” (NY Daily News)
Reports claim the bribery talk stemmed from 2015 calls between Suge and his lawyer.
Talk of bribery came in a series of recorded calls in 2015 between Knight, who was in jail, and his attorney Matthew Fletcher along with Knight’s fiancee and his business partner. Knight, whose Death Row Records made household names of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, is charged with running his truck into two men, one of whom died, in 2015 outside a Compton burger stand after an argument on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton. (Billboard)