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'Suge' Knight drops Michael Jackson attorney in murder case

'Suge' Knight drops Michael Jackson attorney in murder case
Marion "Suge" Knight appears in Los Angeles court for a pretrial hearing on Thursday.Knight has a new lawyer in a murder case. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has a new lawyer in a murder case filed after authorities said he ran over two men in a parking lot last year in Compton.

Former prosecutor Stephen L. Schwartz has replaced Thomas Mesereau, who won an acquittal for Michael Jackson on child molestation charges.

The move came Thursday after a closed proceeding.

Mesereau declined comment on the change.

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Knight has repeatedly shuffled his legal team. Schwartz is the fifth lawyer to represent him in the case. Attorney Thaddeus Culpepper, who has been part of the case since May, will remain on Knight's legal team.

Knight has pleaded not guilty and claimed self-defense after he was seen on security video running over two men last February, killing one and seriously injuring the other.

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