Man run over by Suge Knight says he punched ex-rap mogul

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A man who Marion "Suge" Knight ran over told authorities he was mad at the former rap music mogul and punched him through the window of the truck before an encounter that left his friend dead.

Cle "Bone" Sloan testified Monday about the day he and friend Terry Carter were hit by a pickup truck driven by Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records.

But Sloan refused to identify Knight as the man behind the wheel when he was struck outside a Compton burger stand on Jan. 29. He said he didn't remember specifics of the fight and does not want to be a "snitch."

"I will not be used to send 'Suge' Knight to prison," Sloan, an adviser on the upcoming film "Straight Outta Compton," said, adding that he was only on the stand because he was subpoenaed.

Sloan's testimony was offered during a preliminary hearing Monday during which a judge will determine whether there's enough evidence for Knight to stand trial on murder, attempted murder, and hit-and-run charges. Authorities contend Knight intentionally hit Sloan and Carter. But Knight's attorney Matt Fletcher says his client was ambushed and was trying to escape an attack when he hit the men.

Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen recessed the hearing and said it would resume Thursday morning, when he will rule on whether the case should go to trial.

Sloan said he was trying to forget details of the accident, in which he suffered two fractured ankles, a serious cut to his head, two torn ligaments in his knees and a shoulder injury.

"Every day, I try to forget it," Sloan said. "I just know, I screwed up, and Terry's dead."

Sloan's memory troubles prompted Coen to comment at one point on his testimony, "I find that this witness is being deceptive."

Sloan's faltering memory on the witness stand was contrasted by a lucid account of the events that led to his injuries with detectives on Jan. 29. In an hour-long recorded interview, Sloan quickly recalled details and told detectives how he attacked Knight twice in the burger stand parking lot. He told detectives that Knight told him he was going to kill him after he Sloan landed a blow, and said he responded, "Not today."

He told detectives he wanted justice and would testify, but that he didn't want to "be the guy who says (Knight) killed Terry," according to audio of the interviewed played in court.

Sloan's conflicting statements show the difficulty of prosecuting Knight, who was once of the music industry's most feared names and who prosecutors say has a history of witness intimidation.

Coen also watched several minutes of surveillance video from outside the burger stand, including the moments when Knight's truck ran over Sloan and Carter.

Sloan agreed when Knight's attorney asked him whether he attacked Knight, who hadn't been violent toward him.

The former gang member-turned-film consultant planned to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during part of his testimony, but a prosecutor granted him limited immunity. Afterward, Sloan said he still did not remember what occurred before his confrontation with Knight.

He denied he brought a gun to the fight, as Fletcher and one of Knight's previous attorneys have suggested.

Knight, 49, was a key player in the gangster rap scene that flourished in the 1990s, and his label once listed Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg among its artists. Knight lost control of the company after it was forced into bankruptcy. He has prior felony convictions for armed robbery and assault with a gun. He pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rap entertainers at a Hollywood recording studio in 1992.

He was sentenced in February 1997 to prison for violating terms of that probation by taking part in a fight at a Las Vegas hotel hours before Shakur was fatally wounded in a drive-by attack as he rode in Knight's car just east of the Las Vegas Strip. Shakur's slaying remains unsolved.

Knight faces up to life in prison if convicted of killing Carter. Knight is being held on $25 million bail, an amount Fletcher has argued is excessive.


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Defendant Marion "Suge" Knight attends a hearing with attorney Thomas Mesereau in his murder case in Los Angeles, California in this July 7, 2015, file photo. A judge on October 13, 2015, ordered one time rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams to stand trial on robbery charges in connection with the theft of a camera from a paparazzi photographer in upscale Beverly Hills. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon/Files
Marion Suge Knight (L), with attorney Albert DeBlanc, pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The plea deal calls for Knight, 53, to serve 28 years in state prison. - Former rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday and will serve 28 years in prison for running over and killing a man three years ago. Knight's plea, which was unveiled in a Los Angeles courtroom, came just days before he was to stand trial for the death of 55-year-old Terry Carter, who was run down outside an LA restaurant in 2015 following a dispute over the movie 'Straight Outta Compton.' (Photo by Gary Coronado / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARY CORONADO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Marion 'Suge' Knight exits court after after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in front of Judge Ronald S. Coen at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 20, 2018. Knight will serve 28 years in state prison in the 2015 hit-and-run death of a man outside a Compton restaurant after a dispute related to the film Straight Outta Compton. (Photo by Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Marion Suge Knight (L), with attorney Albert DeBlanc, pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The plea deal calls for Knight, 53, to serve 28 years in state prison. - Former rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday and will serve 28 years in prison for running over and killing a man three years ago. Knight's plea, which was unveiled in a Los Angeles courtroom, came just days before he was to stand trial for the death of 55-year-old Terry Carter, who was run down outside an LA restaurant in 2015 following a dispute over the movie 'Straight Outta Compton.' (Photo by Gary Coronado / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARY CORONADO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight appears for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Marion 'Suge' Knight and his lawyer David E Kenner, front, attend court at the Criminal Courts Building on March 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
COMPTON, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends Compton Court House for his bail hearing with his lawyers David Kenner (L) and Brett Greenfield at Compton Courthouse on February 9, 2015 in Compton, California. Knight will remain in jail until his next hearing. Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident following an argument in a parking lot on January 29. (Photo by Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight appears at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Lawyers representing Marion 'Suge' Knight Brett Greenfield (L) and David E Kenner stand during a court appearance for Marion 'Suge' Knight and Katt Williams at the Airport Branch Courthouse on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Knight was scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges stemming from alleged criminal threats and robbery of a camera from a photographer in September in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Nick Ut-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight (C) escorted by Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies after appearing for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight appears at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
COMPTON, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends Compton Court House for his bail hearing with his lawyers David Kenner (L) and Brett Greenfield at Compton Courthouse on February 9, 2015 in Compton, California. Knight will remain in jail until his next hearing. Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident following an argument in a parking lot on January 29. (Photo by Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Marion 'Suge' Knight and his lawyer David E Kenner, front, attend court at the Criminal Courts Building on March 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends court at the Criminal Courts Building on March 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
In a brief court appearance Monday Suge Knight said he fired the lawyers handling his murder case. Speaking on his own behalf, he told the judge he's received poor medical treatment while in jail and that he's going blind. His case was transferred to another judge, but Knight had to leave early to receive more treatment. It's the third time he's gone straight from court to the hospital.
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Suge Knight at the Shore Club in Miami, FL (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Felicia Cox, music producer Suge Knight, and actress Betsy Cox attend Posing Heroes, 'A Dog Day Afternoon' Benefiting A Wish For Animals on March 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Music producer Suge Knight attends Posing Heroes, 'A Dog Day Afternoon' Benefiting A Wish For Animals on March 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Marion 'Suge' Knight is seen on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 23: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends the Dylan George and Abbot + Main Spring 2012 Launch and official PROJECT after party at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens on August 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 03: Suge Knight portraits on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 02: Suge Knight attends TAO Las Vegas Fight After Party at The Venetian Hotel and Casino Resort on May 2, 2009 on May 02, 2009 in Las Vegas (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 17: Music producer Suge Knight attends the Belvedere Ultra Lounge Day 4 At Club OPM on February 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Moet USA)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Suge Knight attends a Sacramento Kings game as they take on the Detroit Pistons on November 8, 2006 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Music producer Suge Knight watches the Detroit Pistons game against the Sacramento Kings on November 8, 2006 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 99-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Marion 'Suge' Knight and guests (Photo by Craig Durling/WireImage)
Suge Knight during 2005 MTV VMA - Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Party in Association with Hennessy Paradis - Arrivals at Skybar at The Shoreclub in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Kanye West and Suge Knight (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 28: Music Producer Suge Knight is seen in the audience during the BET Awards 05 at the Kodak Theatre on June 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music Producer Suge Knight (L) speaks at CBS Studios during a taping of 'The Late Late Show' on November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight Gives his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music Producer Suge Knight (L) and guest host D.L.Hughley appear at CBS Studios for a taping of 'The Late Late Show' on November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight Gives his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music producer Suge Knight (L) and guest host D.L.Hughley (R) appear at CBS Studios for a taping of 'The Late Late Show' November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight gave his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. The show will air November 19, 2004. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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