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January 30, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in L.A. hit-and-run

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Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

LOS ANGELES - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested for murder on Friday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed one person near Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

He was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said.

Around 3 p.m. (2300 GMT) on Thursday, a man fitting Knight's description drove up to a burger shop in Compton and began arguing with two people outside, said Lieutenant John Corina, with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

The driver then backed into one of the two, before running them both over in his red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck and fleeing the scene, the department said in a statement.

Corina added that Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was involved in an earlier altercation with the same two people.

One of the victims died in hospital, the Sheriff's Department statement said. The condition of the second victim, who was also taken to the hospital, was not immediately known.

Before his arrest, Knight had arrived at the sheriff's department West Hollywood station accompanied by his attorney to take questions from homicide detectives, according to the office.

"Homicide Detective have arrested Marion 'Suge' Knight for Murder," the department said in a tweet.

A Las Vegas-based lawyer who has represented Knight in past legal proceedings could not be reached for comment on Thursday evening. A number previously used to reach Knight directly was disconnected.

In November, Knight pleaded not guilty to a criminal charge stemming from accusations that he stole a camera from a celebrity photographer outside a Beverly Hills studio. He was later released on bail.

A few months earlier, Knight was shot and wounded inside a packed West Hollywood nightclub along with two others during a party in advance of the MTV Music Video Awards.

Death Row Records was a leading rap label in the 1990s, featuring artists such as Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg.

However, Knight's hip-hop empire declined after he went to prison for a parole violation, Shakur was murdered and Dr. Dre left the label.