Jurors began deliberating the wrongful death case involving claims Knight killed Terry Carter after trying to meet Dr. Dre to discuss an alleged murder-for-hire plot
Death Row Records founder Suge Knight should be forced to pay $81 million to the family of Terry Carter, a lawyer representing his widow and his two daughters told a Los Angeles County jury Tuesday.
Knight was convicted of voluntary manslaughter when he ran over Carter with his Ford Raptor truck seven years ago after trying to meet with Dr. Dre on the set of Straight Outta Compton to discuss an alleged murder-for-hire plot.
It was the first time the lawyer, Lance Behringer, put a dollar figure on the Carter family’s loss during the nearly month-long wrongful death civil trial that reached closing arguments a week after Knight testified remotely from prison.
Knight, 57, is now serving 28 years behind bars after pleading no contest to the voluntary manslaughter of Carter under a deal that avoided a looming trial.
Prosecutors initially charged Knight with murder, claiming he intentionally punched the gas and mowed down Carter in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers on Jan. 29, 2015, amid a fight with a man named Cle “Bone” Sloan,
a onetime gang member working security for Straight Outta Compton, the Dre and Ice Cube-produced movie about the rise of the rap group, N.W.A.