A grand jury indictment unsealed Wednesday charges Marion “Suge” Knight’s fiancee and a business partner with violating a court order by allegedly selling video evidence that is under seal in the former rap mogul’s murder case.
The indictment, handed up July 28, charges Toi-Lin Kelly, 36, and Mark Blankenship, 57, with one felony count each of conspiracy to violate a court order, conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to commit grand theft.
Kelly — who was arrested Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies — is being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending a bail review hearing next Tuesday. An arraignment date is expected to be set later for Blankenship.
Kelly and Blankenship are accused of arranging the sale of a video of a fatal hit-and-run crash in which Knight is charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run. He allegedly plowed down Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan with a pickup truck in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue on Jan. 29, 2015. Carter died and Sloan survived his injuries.
Kelly and Blankenship were allegedly aware the video was subject to a protective order that had been issued by a judge that barred the release of any evidence in the case, according to Deputy District Attorney Stefan Mrakich.
The two spent nearly a month brokering a deal with the celebrity website TMZ, the indictment alleges.
Kelly allegedly reached a deal worth $55,000, and the video was posted on TMZ days later, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted as charged, the two could face up to three years behind bars.
Knight is awaiting trial in the murder case. He also has two other cases pending, including one in which he is charged with stealing a camera from a female paparazzo in September 2014 and another in which he is charged with threatening the director of the movie “Straight Outta Compton.”
–City News Service
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