Indicted attorney dismissed from Suge Knight's murder case
An attorney who was indicted on witness-tampering charges was dismissed Monday from the murder case of rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.Knight previously gave up his right to having a lawyer without potential conflicts of interest so he could keep Thaddeus Culpepper on his defense team.That decision came last month when Culpepper was under investigation but had not yet been indicted.Los Angeles County Judge Ronald S. Coen overrode Knight's decision and removed Culpepper.
Two attorneys who formerly represented Marion “ Suge ” Knight after he was charged with murder pleaded not guilty to witness tampering charges in a Prosecutors accused both men of conspiring with Knight , his fiancee and others to pay witnesses to say they saw men with guns at Tam’s
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Two attorneys who formerly represented Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded not guilty Friday to charges they conspired to bribe witnesses for helpful testimony in the rap mogul’s murder case.
Thaddeus Culpepper and Matthew Fletcher entered the pleas in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, the latest proceedings in a much-publicized case that has featured a rotating cast of attorneys, disputes over surreptitious jailhouse recordings and repeated hospitalizations of Knight over health issues.
Both attorneys were indicted in January on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and serving as accessories after the fact to the 2015 murder Knight is accused of.
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Attorneys Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper deny all charges .
Thaddeus Culpepper, former attorney of rap mogul Marion “ Suge ” Knight , speaks to the media after pleading not guilty to witness tampering at the Both men face charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit subordination of perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice and accessory
Culpepper was also indicted on two additional conspiracy counts, and Fletcher faces an additional charge of perjury.
Prosecutors accused both men of conspiring with Knight, his fiancee and others to pay witnesses to say they saw men with guns at Tam’s Burgers, where Knight rammed his truck into two men in the parking lot after a dispute on the set of the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”
Terry Carter, 55, was killed. Another man, Cle “Bone” Sloan, was seriously injured. Knight has pleaded not guilty and claimed he was acting in self-defense because armed men at the Compton eatery were trying to kill him. Knight has been jailed for more than three years.
In 2016, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department obtained information that Knight was attempting to tamper with witnesses, according to court records. A judge then granted a series of court orders that allowed detectives to listen to Knight’s jailhouse conversations with Fletcher, who was the attorney of record in the case at the time.
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Two former lawyers who worked for rap mogul Suge Knight pleaded not guilty to claims they paid witnesses to fake testimonies in Knight 's Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper maintained their innocence in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, against charges including
Marion Hugh " Suge " Knight Jr. (/ʃʊɡ/; born April 19, 1965) is an American record producer, music executive, former American football player and convicted felon.
According to the indictment, which was unsealed this month, Fletcher told Knight he found a man who would say there were guns at the crime scene, but the witness would need to be paid. In the same conversation, according to prosecutors, Fletcher told Knight that $25,000 was a “fair investment to secure his freedom.”
According to a separate court filing, an informant for the Sheriff’s Department later contacted Culpepper and asked him for money in exchange for testimony. According to the court filing, Culpepper agreed to pay the man, who had previously told the attorney he was not at the crime scene on the day of Carter’s death.
Culpepper had represented Knight in the murder case and an unrelated robbery case. But in a hearing this week, Knight removed Culpepper from both cases in the wake of the indictment.
Fletcher was removed from the case two years ago.
Mark Geragos, who is representing Fletcher, told reporters outside the courtroom Friday that the partial transcripts of conversations showing Culpepper and Fletcher discussing witnesses and money are out of context.
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Former rap mogul Marion " Suge " Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to manslaughter in connection with the death of a man during a Murder Trial of Former Rap Mogul Marion ‘ Suge ’ Knight Set for September. Former ‘ Suge ’ Knight Attorneys Plead Not Guilty to Witness Tampering Charges .
“What has been put out there into the public sphere, I think, would be substantially undercut by the new evidence that we will present,” he said.
He described the decision to arrest the lawyers as a “full-frontal assault on those who practice criminal defense.” In past interviews with The Times, both attorneys have denied wrongdoing.
Culpepper has said any discussions he had about money involved paying for witness expenses and nothing more.
The lawyers are scheduled to appear in court again April 13. If convicted on all counts, both men face up to three years and eight months in prison.
Knight’s murder trial is set to begin April 19.
Times staff writer Marisa Gerber contributed to this report.
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