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Suge Knight wants O.J. Simpson-style defense team, attorney says

Suge Knight wants O.J. Simpson-style defense team, attorney says
Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight appears in court in 2015. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times/Pool)

A judge on Friday set an Aug. 1 trial date for former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight as one of his attorneys described the kind of defense the rap producer was seeking.

Knight is charged with killing one man and injuring another with his pickup truck in Compton last year.

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Defense attorney Thaddeus J. Culpepper said outside court that "we want to assemble a trial team a la O.J. Simpson,'' referring to the former football star who was acquitted of double-murder charges after a high-profile televised trial.

Culpepper said the defense hopes to have its trial team in place within a couple of weeks. Knight has had a string of lawyers since his arrest in January 2015.

High-profile attorney Thomas Mesereau -- who successfully defended singer Michael Jackson against child molestation charges -- left Knight's case last month.

Knight, 50, is charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run for allegedly killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and injuring Cle "Bone" Sloan on Jan. 29, 2015, with his pickup truck in the parking lot of Tam's Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue.

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