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Suge Knight lawyer removed from murder case after witness-tampering charges

By | Published on Tuesday 13 March 2018

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A lawyer charged last week with witness-tampering has been removed from Suge Knight’s long-running murder case.

Two attorneys linked to the one-time hip hop mogul have been charged in relation to allegations of misconduct. Matthew Fletcher is accused of paying off witnesses who could provide favourable testimony for his client, while Thaddeus Culpepper is accused of agreeing with one confidential informant that he would provide false testimony.

Fletcher is no longer working for Knight, but Culpepper was until this week. When the latter was first arrested over the claims of witness-tampering in January – but not charged – Knight dubbed the allegations against his lawyer as “fake news” and confirmed he wished to continue to be represented by him.

Now that the lawyer has actually been indicted, LA County Judge Ronald S Coen has overruled Knight’s own decision and removed Culpepper from the case. This could result in yet another delay in the proceedings.

Knight is facing murder charges in relation to the death in 2015 of a man called Terry Carter, following an incident that occurred near the set of the NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’, which was then in production.



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