Los Angeles, CA – Matthew Fletcher, 53, and Thaddeus Culpepper, 44, two Suge Knights former attorneys who represented him in his ongoing murder case, have been arrested. According to the Los Angeles Times, they’re being held on felony charges acting as accessories after the fact.” Fletcher’s bail is set at $1 million as stated on The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department website.
Culpepper is also being held on $1 million bail.
A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Nicole Nishida, declined to clarify whether the attorneys are accused in connection with Knights pending legal troubles, although it should be noted Culpepper’s inmate record says the agency that arrested him is the “LASD-HOMICIDE BUREAU HMP7.”
Last August, prosecutors alleged Fletcher and Culpepper, along with Knight and others, tampered with witnesses and discussed bribes in connection to his murder case, though both Fletcher and Culpepper denied the accusations.
Knight was arrested in January 2015 and indicted on murder charges following a fatal hit-and-run at Tams Burgers near the 1200 block West Rosecrans Avenue in Los Angeles. The former Death Row Records CEO struck and killed his friend Terry Carter and injured another man Cle Bone Sloan following a dispute on the set the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
Knight has pleaded not guilty and said he acted in self-defense.
Earlier this month, Knight accused prosecutors eavesdropping on conversations between himself and his legal team. He subsequently filed a motion demanding all court orders be thrown out but his request was later denied.
Knights trial was scheduled to start on January 8, nearly three years after the incident took place, but according to the New York Daily News it’s been delayed yet again.