Suge Knight‘s impending murder trial has been slapped with a new twist after prosecutors in the case alleged the former mogul and his legal team conspired to bribe a witness. The allegations were denied Thursday (August 10) by Knight’s lawyer, suggesting that the former Death Row Records boss doesn’t have the mean to pay anyone off.
After news came forth that Knight’s team allegedly held private phone calls to influence a witness account in an attempt to clear his name from the Associated Press, the New York Daily News dug deeper to inquire if the findings were true.
The Daily News writes:
“I’ve never paid anyone, period, end of story,” lawyer Matt Fletcher told the Daily News.
“As far as I know, (witnesses) haven’t been paid by anyone,” he said. “I don’t believe Suge Knight has the money to pay anyone.”
The Los Angeles District Attorney filed paperwork Wednesday claiming they have a recorded jail call in which Knight and Fletcher discussed paying large sums to witnesses who would say Knight was the victim of an armed assault before he hit two men with his Ford Raptor truck outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015, killing local businessman Terry Carter.
“That’s a fair motherf—ing investment, you know, 20, 25 thousand dollars to pay to these motherf—ers to get home?” Fletcher allegedly said during the call on March 16, 2015, according to the DA paperwork obtained by The News.
The publication added that Fletcher said the number amount he mentioned was referencing paying off a local biker group who had cell phone footage of the incident.