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Suge Knight lawyer: 'Hit-and-run video could help case'

MURDER CHARGE: Rap mogul Suge Knight

A SECURITY video showing the moment Suge Knight ploughed his car into two men has been released and could strengthen his case, the rap mogul's lawyer has said.

The footage, obtained by TMZ, proves Knight was a victim of a planned attack, solicitor Matt Fletcher claims.

The clip shows Knight inside his red truck, pulling into the entrance of a Compton restaurant, Tam's Burgers on January 29.

He is then approached by Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was working security on the site who he allegedly engaged in an argument with.

Fletcher told CNN that the video shows that his 49-year-old client was attacked trying to flee from an attack and in fear for his life.

He implied that the interaction at the window and a second car present in the video could point to a planned attack on Knight.

Fletcher is now representing Knight after the troubled businessman fired two lawyers in recent weeks.

Prosecutors say the confrontation began when Knight and Sloan started punching each other through the window of Knight’s truck.

In the video, the two appear to be engaged in a heated altercation, before the vehicle backs up suddenly knocking Sloan to the ground. While still in reverse, the truck moves out of range of the security camera.

The vehicle is then seen zooming forward, back into camera range, running over Sloan, and then second man, Terry Carter, a former rap music label owner.

Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder following the incident that left Terry Carter, 55, dead and Sloan, 51, injured.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held without bail on murder and felony hit-and-run charges.

However, the lawyer for Carter's family, Gary A. Dordick, says "the video makes clear that Mr. Carter's tragic death was caused by unnecessary acts of violence initiated by Cle Sloan attacking Mr. Knight and Mr. Knight choosing to retaliate using his motor vehicle as a deadly weapon rather (than) simply driving off to a place of safety".

He added: "Any suggestion by Mr. Knight that Mr. Carter played any (role) whatsoever in the fight through the car window is self serving nonsense with no factual support."

The co-founder of Death Row Records faces life in prison if convicted of the fatal hit-and-run.

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