Judge Sets Date for Suge Knight Murder Trial

Death Row Records founder’s “must-go date” to face a jury is Jan. 8, 2018

Suge Knight is scheduled to face a jury for the murder of Terry Carter on Jan. 8, 2018, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled on Thursday.

What is expected to be a four-week trial will span the third anniversary of Carter‘s hit-and-run death, which occurred in Compton, California, during the filming of “Straight Outta Compton.”

“This is in stone. This is a must-go date,” Judge  Ronald S. Coen told the courtroom, according to the New York Daily News.

Knight, 50, appeared to agree with his decision. “It’s great … I’m happy. I don’t want the date to change,” he said.

Carter’s daughter Nekaya Carter planned to read a victim statement in court but Judge Coen declined to allow speakers, the Daily News reported.

“It’s far away but it’s a step. We need this trial to start. Justice for T.C., that’s what I’m always saying,” Nekaya said after the date was set.

The Death Row Records founder is currently behind bars awaiting trial on charges of murder and attempted murder stemming from the hit-and-run incident in January 2015, which was reportedly sparked by an argument over the hip-hop biopic.

Prosecutors claim he intentionally accelerated his Ford F-150 Raptor truck to hit dwn gang member-turned-security guard Cle “Bone” Sloan and then continued forward and fatally struck Carter.

Since his arrest, he has experienced a string of legal setbacks, including bail set at millions of dollars, numerous changes to his defense team, and the denial of a request to know the identities of several key witnesses against him.