Suge Knight’s Fiancée & Business Partner Charged With Violating Court Order
Toilin Kelly and Mark Blankenship have each been charged with violating a court order when they allegedly sold sealed video evidence related to Suge Knight’s murder trial.
Assets must have been frozen to enable Suge Knight’s fiancée and business partner to do what they’ve done in violation of the law. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has brought up charges of violating a court order on Toilin Kelly and Mark Blankenship after the two sold sealed video evidence related to Knight’s murder trial to TMZ.
Indicted on July 28, the pair has one felony count of conspiracy to violate a court order, conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy to commit grand theft. The indictment was unsealed on Wednesday following Kelly’s plea of not guilty to the charges. Blankenship will be arraigned at a later date on the same charge.
Kelly and Blankenship are accused of arranging the sale of surveillance video of the fatal hit-and-run incident that Knight is accused of perpetrating in January 2015.
Terry Carter, the victim who lost his life over the incident, was at a video shoot that featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. Knight is awaiting trial to begin on those murder charges for Carter’s death and the attempted murder of Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was also struck during the incident.
Suge has pleaded not guilty and claims he acted in self-defense.
Suge’s fiancée and business partner allegedly began trying to sell the video two weeks after the incident and spent nearly a month calling and texting between themselves, TMZ, Knight, attorneys and other individuals to arrange for the sale, according to the indictment. Said indictment also alleges that some of the parties were aware that that there was a protective order that prohibited the release of the video. The parties negotiated the price for the video, which was allegedly $55,000.
If convicted on the three felony counts, Kelly and Blankenship face up to three years in prison. Throw into the mix that the pair is also accused of allegedly assisting in a plan to bribe witnesses to testify on Knight’s behalf, as his attorney Matthew Fletcher is accused of orchestrating the bribery—and you have quite the soap opera developing out West in the name of Suge Knight.
Source: Rolling Stone