As if the Suge Knight murder case couldn’t get any more surreal, a shocking allegation has seeped out of the Los Angeles County Jail. The Huffington Post reports that a renown jailhouse snitch has implicated the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department in a scandal to implicate Suge and withhold information that could exonerate him.
According to the report, this information has been made available to Knight’s lawyers and they intend to use it in court as they look to get him acquitted on murder charges. Jailhouse informant Daniel Timms alleges that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ordered him to provide false testimony in Knight’s case and various other cases over the last 14 years. In audiotapes provided to the Huffington Post, Timms detailed how his work with the sheriff’s department worked.
“No, I don’t need information. They’re going to give me the information,” he said, referring to the detectives who he alleged provided him with inside information on the case. “I’m gonna do Suge. I don’t need Suge to talk. I just need my presence next to Suge. I don’t need Suge to say nothin’.”
Knight, of course, is accused of murdering Terry Carter in a 2015 incident where he ran over Carter and another man with his SUV after an altercation. The incident started on the set of Straight Outta Compton after Knight allegedly met with Dr. Dre, and eventually spilled over onto a burger shop where the alleged murder was caught on tape. Knight has claimed self-defense, as he says his attackers were armed and he feared for his life, though the survivor has publicly denied being armed.
Timms also says he saw the Suge Knight “murder book,” the investigation file for the case, and inside that file is evidence that would clear Knight and prove he acted in self-defense, but Sheriff Sgt. Richard Biddle told him they would not divulge that information to Knight’s defense team.
The allegations are met with some skepticism as jailhouse informants are notoriously unreliable. However, the incident comes on the heels of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office’s acknowledgment that “there is an informant program and that sheriff’s deputies actively “cultivated,” “recruited” and “utilized” informants, rewarding them in exchange for their information.”
If the information does check out, any evidence that Knight acted in self-defense would be key for his defense and the possibility of clearing him. How far this goes remains to be seen as the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison called the allegations “old news.”
(Via Huffington Post)