‘Suge’ Knight hospitalized after learning he’s to stand trial on murder charge

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been taken to a hospital for a medical emergency after he was ordered to stand trial in a murder case.

Los Angeles sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida says Knight was transported to a hospital after experiencing a medical emergency at a downtown courthouse. She says no further details could be released.

A message sent to Knight's attorney Matt Fletcher wasn't immediately returned.

A judge earlier had ordered former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight to stand trial on murder and attempted-murder charges in a deadly hit-and-run.

The co-founder of Death Row Records has been charged with intentionally killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and seriously injuring Cle "Bone" Sloan by striking them with his truck outside a Compton burger stand in late January.

Knight's attorney has said his client was ambushed and was trying to flee an attack by Sloan when he hit the men.

Los Angeles Superior Court Ronald Coen made the ruling Thursday after prosecutors presented some of their evidence against the 49-year-old Knight.

Coen's decision came after hearing testimony from Sloan, who told authorities he attacked Knight but said Monday that he didn't remember the fight or being hit by Knight's truck.

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Knight, 49, has pleaded not guilty to several charges for allegedly running over the two men.

Knight is charged with one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail, prosecutors said.

The man who died was a former rap record label owner.

The deadly incident happened on January 29, after a flare-up on the set of the biopic "Straight Outta Compton," a film about the highly influential and controversial rap group N.W.A. The argument spilled over to the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in Compton.

The incident is the latest run-in with the law for Knight, who founded the wildly successful Death Row Records in 1991 and signed artists such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

Knight was driving the car in which Shakur was a passenger when the rapper was shot to death in Las Vegas in 1996.

Shortly afterward, Knight spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. That prison time -- along with Shakur's death, feuds between Knight and a number of rappers, and desertions by Dr. Dre, Snoop and others -- contributed to the label's bankruptcy in 2006.

In August, Knight and two other people were shot while inside a celebrity-filled Sunset Strip party hosted by singer Chris Brown on the eve of the MTV Video Music Awards.

At the time of his most recent arrest, Knight was free on bail in a robbery case.

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