Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight may be recovering in a local hospital after experiencing chest pains during a court proceeding this week, but he’ll continue his status as a ward of the LA County Jail at least until his bail situation is sorted out.
Knight surrendered himself to the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station last week within hours of being accused of using his vehicle to intentionally run down two men in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in Compton.
One man was killed during he incident, according to sources, while another was seriously injured.
The defendant has since pled not guilty to charges of hit-and-run, attempted murder and murder.
How his bail was set
When someone is arrested and booked into one of the LA County Jails bail is set based on the nature and severity of the criminal charges. With the charges of attempted murder and/or murder, it’s not uncommon for bail to be set in the millions of dollars.
At the time Knight was booked, his bail was set at $2.2 million dollars. If he or someone he knew wanted to post a bail bond for him, they would have needed to hire a bondsman, put up collateral and paid the bondsman’s fee.
Why his bail was revoked
Knight, who is no stranger when it comes to having run-ins with the law, is considered to be a “flight risk”, meaning the court is concerned about his appearing in court on the charges. Knight is a “two-strikes offender“; if convicted on the current case, he faces life in prison.
This, according to sources, was a prime reason the LA bail commissioner moved to revoke the defendant’s bail. Another source close to the case allege there was also concern that Knight could try to intimidate witnesses in hopes that could lead to a more favorable outcome in court.
What’s next: the bail hearing
A judge will review that decision at Knight’s bail hearing, which is scheduled to take place later Monday, February 9. At this hearing, none of the facts of the case will be discussed; the sole purpose of the hearing is to decide if the defendant should be eligible to be released on bail pending trial.
If the judge finds the defendant poses a risk to the community or is likely to flee in hopes of evading prosecution, the no-bail-hold will remain in place and the defendant will need to remain in custody for the duration of his case.