Compton Superior Court Judge Thomas Long took up the case after juries announced they could not obtain the nine votes needed to reach a verdict. They only announced late last week that they were in a stalemate, but the judge urged them to return Tuesday and continue working.
Knight, now 56, denied in September 2018 that no voluntary manslaughter was required for killing 55-year-old Terry Carter after an altercation near a commercial for the movie “Straight Outta Compton” on January 29. 2015. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen sentenced him to 28 years in prison a month after his prayer.
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Knight testified on a virtual basis during the trial.
Knight also admitted to using a deadly weapon – a truck – while committing the crime in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue. A replica of the business was shown during the Super Bowls break show on February 13 at SoFi Stadium.
The plaintiffs in the civil case, filed in June 2015, are Carter’s widow, Lillian, and daughters Crystal and Nekaya.
Knight also severely beat Cle “Bone” Sloan during the confrontation, which was captured on surveillance video. Knight had claimed he was trying to escape from the scene in his truck, claiming that Sloan, who worked with security for the film set, had a gun.
Knight, a Compton-born former footballer, co-founded Death Row Records, which in its heyday in the early 1990s generated revenues of about $ 100 million a year. He helped launch some of rap’s greatest acts, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. He was with Shakur the night he was shot down in Las Vegas in 1996.
Knight served five years in prison for assault and federal gun violations, and after his release in 2001, he spent another 10 months behind bars for violating parole by beating a Hollywood nightclub officer. In August 2014, he was shot half a dozen times at a nightclub in the Los Angeles area.
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