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Judge declares trial void in death suit against Suge Knight

Judge declares trial void in death suit against Suge Knight

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has declared invalid the lawsuit against hip-hop mogul Sug Knight in connection with the death of Terry Carter.

The jury was deadlocked after they deliberated the lawsuit, which Carter’s wife Lillian brought in 2015 after Nate ran over her husband on the set of the 2015 NWA movie “Straight Outta Compton,” The Los Angeles Times reported.

The jurors deadlocked at 7-5 in Carter’s favour, according to court documents obtained by the newspaper.

As jury deliberations began last Tuesday, the jurors decided less than half an hour after the meeting on Wednesday that “a mistrial must be declared.”

Nine votes in favor of the plaintiff are required for a ruling.

“The court and the chancellor are consulting regarding declaring the trial null and void. The two parties agree that the trial should be declared invalid,” said court records obtained by the newspaper.

Carter’s widow Filing a wrongful death suit against Knight and Universal Studios Inc. And rapper Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who were also portrayed in the movie.

Marion “Sugg” Knight ran over Terry Carter on the set of the NWA movie “Straight Outta Compton” in 2015.
Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

The lawsuit alleged that Universal was negligent by continuing filming in Compton after Dre warned production to keep Knight, co-founder of Death Row Records, away from the filming location due to years of beef.

The lawsuit alleges that the production was aware of the tension between Dre and Nate, but went ahead with filming anyway.

The complaint also alleged that Universal negligently hired Klee “Bon” Sloan – a longtime Knight rival whose battle with the hip-hop executive led to Carter’s run-down. Sloan worked as a consultant on the film and helped broker deals with gang members so he could film in Compton.

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Terry Carter's photo.
“Her children have been taken from the only father they know,” said Carter’s wife, Lillian.

Knight, played in the movie by actor R.Markus Taylor, was annoyed with the way it was portrayed.

He got out on bail in 2014 when he was too He was captured on video repeatedly driving his pickup truck Sloan overhead in Tam Burger’s car park in Compton and then crashed into Carter, 55, before taking off.

In 2018, Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison after him He evaded a murder trial and attempted premeditated murder by pleading not to challenge premeditated murder.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officer checks the scene of an accident in a parking lot in Compton, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015.
A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officer checks the scene of an accident at a parking lot in Compton, California in 2015.
AFP / Damien Devarganis

Lillian Carter said in a letter read aloud at the sentencing hearing: “Her children have been taken from the only father they know. Thank God I’m alive. Not living, alive.” The widow wrote: This is a nightmare.

“I am no longer the mother, the sister, the wife I once was. I am no longer a wife because of the foolish actions of the accused.”

The lengthy prison sentence closed the book to a long career decline for Knight, who established Death Row Records with Dre and helped launch the careers of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

He lost control of Death Row after it was forced into bankruptcy and had criminal convictions for armed robbery and assault.