An attorney who was indicted on witness-tampering charges has been dismissed from the murder case of rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight.
Knight previously gave up his right to having a lawyer without potential conflicts of interest so he could keep Thaddeus Culpepper on his defence team.
That decision came last month when Culpepper was under investigation but had not yet been indicted.
On Monday, Los Angeles County Judge Ronald S. Coen overrode Knight’s decision and removed Culpepper.
The move could mean more delays in a trial tentatively set to start on April 9.
Culpepper says he has committed no crimes and was only defending his client.
Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015.