Suge Knight. Photo by TheMcShark/CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Suge Knight. Photo by TheMcShark/CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was hospitalized again Monday in the midst of a court hearing in which his pending robbery and murder cases were transferred to a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, and he contended he has fired his attorneys.

Knight initially appeared in one courtroom to have his cases, which were being heard separately at the Compton and Airport courthouses, transferred to one judge in downtown Los Angeles. During that hearing, Knight complained of continuing medical problems, saying he has lost about 35 pounds since being jailed for allegedly running over two men in Compton, killing one of them.

“At this time, I don’t know if I can proceed,” Knight told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin. In addition to losing weight, Knight said he was “100 percent blind in one eye,” was losing vision in his other eye and was sometimes disoriented.

Knight reminded the judge that he had been shot six times, referring to an August shooting at a Los Angeles-area nightclub.

“Sometimes I can’t comprehend what’s going on,” Knight said.

Brandlin repeatedly warned Knight not to interrupt him, trying to speak directly to his attorneys, David Kenner and Brett Greenfield.

Knight told him, “I fired these attorneys.”

The 49-year-old Knight was visibly frustrated by the exchange.

“I can’t speak. I can’t get medical attention,” he told the judge, later adding that he might have to go “pro per” and represent himself.

“I have no strikes,” he called out as bailiffs led him from the courtroom, saying he wanted to be sure to get that statement on the record.

His cases were transferred to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen for “ease of staffing and security” as well as issues of media and public access, according to Brandlin.

But before Coen could convene a separate hearing in another courtroom, he announced that Knight had been taken to a hospital.

Coen scheduled a discovery hearing for March 9 and bail-review hearing for March 20.

Outside the courtroom, Kenner declined to comment on what had prompted his client’s apparent change of heart or whether he would be representing Knight next week.

Knight is charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run for allegedly running down two men in Compton on Jan. 29, killing one and injuring the other following an argument.

He is also accused along with comedian Micah “Katt” Williams with stealing a camera from a paparazzo in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5. A preliminary hearing date is scheduled to be set on April 8 in that case.

Knight served five years in prison for assault and federal weapons violations and, after his release in 2001, spent another 10 months behind bars for violating parole by hitting a Hollywood nightclub valet.

City News Service

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