Suge Knight -- I Had a Legal Right to Kill Terry Carter
Suge KnightI Had a Legal RightTo KILL Terry Carter
3/10/2015 10:49 AM PT
Suge Knight was legally justified in pointing his truck at Terry Carter, running him over and killing him ... so claims Suge's lawyer.
Attorney Matt Fletcher tells TMZ ... he'll present a George Zimmerman-type defense in Suge's murder trial, claiming his client had a legal right to stand his ground and ultimately do in Mr. Carter.
Fletcher points to a California jury instruction which says, "[Suge] is entitled to stand his ground and defend himself if reasonably necessary, to pursue an assailant until the danger of death or bodily injury has passed."
Suge claims Carter was in cahoots with Cle "Bone" Sloan in attacking him as he drove his truck into the Tam's parking lot. Suge says he heard Carter say something to the effect of, "Should I shoot him?" Suge believed Bone and Carter were both known gang members who would make good on the threat.
Fletcher believes Carter's alleged threat is enough to justify Suge intentionally running him over. The lawyer adds, Suge hit Carter accidentally in an effort to escape, but he had the right to kill.