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'Suge' Knight: remains in jail as bail moved to March

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Image caption The former American rap music mogul could face life in prison if convicted

Marion "Suge" Knight is to stay in jail for six more weeks after his bail hearing was postponed.

The former rap music mogul is charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal hit-and-run incident outside a fast food restaurant.

His lawyer says it was an accident which happened as his client tried to escape an attack.

Prosecutors allege that the US record producer intended to run over a friend and another man after an argument.

Knight, who founded Death Row Records, which featured Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre and Tupac Shakur as its top artists, faces a total of four charges under his real name Marion Hugh Knight and faces life in prison if convicted.

It is alleged a truck Mr Knight was driving hit and killed his friend Terry Carter, 55, in the incident in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton on 29 January.

Another man, Cle "Bone" Sloan, 51, was injured.

The decision to keep Mr Knight in prison was made by a judge, after his lawyers asked for more time to review evidence before a bail hearing.

The hearing was postponed to 20 March. Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes said it may include evidence of a "very large stack of uncharged crimes.'"

Mr Knight replied "yes" when asked on Monday if he approved of the delay to the case.

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Image caption The fatal incident happened in a restaurant car park in Compton

The delay comes a week after the record producer was taken to hospital complaining of chest pains.

His lawyer, David Kenner, said his client had passed out following an earlier court hearing, where he entered a "not guilty" plea.

Judge Richard Ocampo denied a request to allow Knight to be evaluated by his personal physician.

He added that doctors with the jail system would be able to treat Knight, and Kenner should give them information about his client's ailments.

Outside court on Monday, Kenner said his client had suffered "serious breathing issues" last week.

Knight was shot and wounded at a Los Angeles nightclub last year.

Kenner said Knight was also suffering from blood clots.

Asked how the music producer was feeling, he responded: "In terms of the case, optimistic. In terms of his health, not so much."

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