"The only person who had a motive was Suge Knight," Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus said

By Jeff Nelson
Updated July 07, 2015 07:55 PM
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A Los Angeles judge will not be dismissing a murder case against Marion "Suge" Knight, even though a key witness in the trial would not identify him in court, the Associated Press reports.

The former Death Row Records exec was arrested on suspicion of a fatal hit and run back in January. At the time, Knight, 49, turned himself in for questioning after a vehicle he was riding in struck two pedestrians in Compton, California, killing 55-year-old Terry Carter.

Per the AP, the witness – Cle “Bone” Sloan – told police at the time of the incident that Knight was driving and struck him and the deceased. However, when Sloan testified in April, he would not say Knight ran them over.

While Knight’s attorney said the judge should reject Sloan’s testimony, Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus reportedly replied, “He doesn’t say that it’s not him.” Calling Knight and Sloan’s contentious history a “soap opera,” he added, “The only person who had a motive was Suge Knight.”

Knight maintains he was attacked and trying to flee after being ambushed when the incident occurred.

Knight – whose health has been on the decline since the arrest – will remain in custody on $10 million bail, which may be reduced.