‘Suge’ Knight Prosecutors Strategize After Witness Recants Testimony

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For homicide investigators, Cle “Bone” Sloan was a key witness in their murder investigation of Marion “Suge” Knight. Sloan told them the onetime rap mogul had threatened to kill him immediately before running over him and another man with his truck.

Director Cle "Bone" Sloan is pictured at a premiere for the HBO documentary film "Bastards Of The Party," about gang violence in L.A. Sloan was a key witness in a murder investigation involving rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight in 2015. (Credit: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)

Director Cle “Bone” Sloan is pictured at a premiere for the HBO documentary film “Bastards Of The Party,” about gang violence in L.A. Sloan was a key witness in a murder investigation involving rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight in 2015. (Credit: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)

But during a preliminary hearing this week, Sloan suddenly became more reticent. He refused to say Knight ran him over and insisted that he could not remember key details of the incident that left him with serious injuries and killed Terry Carter. Under questioning from prosecutors, Sloan cried on the witness stand and declared he was not a “snitch.”

Despite that, a judge ruled Thursday that Knight should stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges.

But prosecutors still face an obstacle as their case heads to trial: Dealing with a reluctant witness.

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