Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight pleads not guilty to murder

US rapper/music producer Marion 'Suge' Knight (right), next to his attorney David E Kenner, is arraigned on murder charges in Superior Court in Compton, California on Monday. Knight is accused of murder in the hit-and-run death of Terry Carter. Knigh
US rapper/music producer Marion 'Suge' Knight (right), next to his attorney David E Kenner, is arraigned on murder charges in Superior Court in Compton, California on Monday. Knight is accused of murder in the hit-and-run death of Terry Carter. Knight was held without bail. -- PHOTO: EPA

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and attempted murder over a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another in the hospital.

The 49-year-old Knight, who could face life in prison if convicted, also denied two other charges over the hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles last week.

He was ordered to return to court next Monday for a bail review hearing, after his initial US$2 million (S$2.7 million) bail was revoked because he was deemed a flight risk and could intimidate witnesses.

Witnesses told the LA County Sheriff's department that Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, first argued with the men before allegedly using a red pick-up truck to strike them - backing into one, and then running over both men.