The long-awaited murder trial of former Death Row Records CEO Marion “Suge” Knight is set for September 24, a Los Angeles judge announced Monday (April 23).
According to the New York Daily News, Knight was present in court for the announcement where he was asked if he approved of his trial starting at the end of September. The 53-year-old reportedly told the court he felt “fine” and was ready to proceed with court-appointed lawyer Albert DeBlanc Jr. leading his defense.
Knight’s appearance in court comes after he was briefly hospitalized on April 3. Following his hearing on Monday, Knight’s sister, Karen Anderson, explained the reason for her brother’s hospitalization.
“He had eye surgery,” she said. “He was in a lot of pain — a lot of pain. His left eye is partially blind.”
Anderson later told the Daily News that Knight’s family is working on hiring another defense lawyer after his 15th lawyer in the case quit. Two of Knights previous attorneys were arrested on charges of conspiring to bribe potential witnesses in early March.
Knight has been held at the L.A. County Jail since the beginning of 2015. He is facing charges of murder and attempted murder stemming from an incident at a Compton burger stand that resulted in the death of Terry Carter.
Knight has pleaded not guilty, claiming he acted in self-defense.