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Suge Knight has always been linked with the 1996 drive-by shooting that killed rapper Tupac Shakur. Not only was the former CEO of Death Row Records in the car with the slain rapper (sustaining gunshot wounds himself), but the nefarious ex-con has always been thought of as either a suspect or perhaps even the target of the shooting.
Knight, who is currently behind bars awaiting a separate murder trial, has always denied his involvement, but has claimed that he did know who was behind the murder, although he had always refused to reveal the identity of the person he believed was responsible for Shakur’s death.
Well, not so fast. In a signed affidavit, Knight’s attorney Thaddeus Culpepper reportedly wrote that the record producer has known “for many years that Reggie Wright Jr. and his ex-wife Sharitha were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight”, the Daily Mail reports.
So, why is Knight talking now? Apparently, he decided to name names after hearing the “salient points” in the new documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle For Compton. According to Music News, the documentary directed by Richard Bond and Michael Douglas Carlin adds yet another layer to the story by detailing an attempted coup at Death Row Records.
Before you label this new twist as “fake news,” take into consideration that former LAPD detective Russell Poole, who worked on the Biggie Smalls case and contributed to Tupac:187 (a book written by the doc directors), appeared to agree with Knight’s theory back in 2015.
“Suge wasn’t divorced yet and if he died in that hit, she’d [Sharitha Knight] get most of everything,” said Poole, who died of a heart attack two years ago. “So she went to Wright Jr, who was in charge of Death Row, and ran it while Suge was in prison. (“Wright Jr.) has gotten away with it this whole time. They floated a whole lot of propaganda to LA Times reporter Chuck Phillips – calling in hundreds if not thousands of fake clues.”
Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton is now available on Blu Ray, DVD, and digital download sites. Go HERE to buy it on Amazon.