A Los Angeles Supreme Court judge has declared a mistrial in the wrongful death lawsuit against hip-hop mogul Suge Knight in connection with the death of Terry Carter.
A deadlocked jury after deliberating on the lawsuit, which was filed in 2015 by Carter’s wife, Lillian, after Knight ran her husband down on the set of the NWA biopic “Straight Outta Compton” in 2015, reported the LA Times.
The jurors were deadlocked 7-5 in favor of Carter, according to court documents obtained by the newspaper.
As jury deliberations began last Tuesday, jurors decided after less than half an hour of meeting on Wednesday that a “mistrial should be declared”.
Nine votes in favor of a claimant are required for a determination.
“The Court and the attorneys are conferring on the declaration of a mistrial. Both parties agree that a mistrial must be declared,” said court records obtained by the newspaper.
Carter’s widow has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Knight, Universal Studios Inc. and rappers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who were also portrayed in the film.
The suit alleged that Universal was negligent in continuing filming in Compton after Dre warned production to keep Death Row Records co-founder Knight away from the filming location due to a multi-hour jam. years.
The suit claimed production was aware of the tension between Dre and Knight, but moved forward with filming anyway.
The lawsuit also alleged that Universal negligently hired Cle “Bone” Sloan — a longtime rival of Knight whose fight with a hip hop executive led to Carter being run over. Sloan had worked as an advisor on the film and helped broker deals with gang members so he could shoot in Compton.
Knight, who is played in the film by actor R. Marcus Taylor, was upset with the way he was portrayed.
He was out on bail for a robbery in 2014 when he was filmed repeatedly driving his van over Sloan in a Tam’s Burger parking lot in Compton, then fatally punching Carter, 55, before to take off.
In 2018, Knight was sentenced to 28 years in prison after dodging trial for murder and attempted murder by pleading uncontested to intentional homicide.
In a letter read aloud during the emotional sentencing hearing, Lillian Carter said that “her children have been deprived of the only father they know. By the grace of God, I survive. Don’t live, survive. It’s a nightmare,” the widow wrote.
“I am no longer the mother, sister, wife that I once was. I am no longer a wife because of the senseless actions of the defendant.
The lengthy prison sentence closed the book on a long career decline for Knight, who founded Death Row Records with Dre and helped launch the careers of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
He lost control of Death Row after he was forced into bankruptcy and was convicted of armed robbery and assault.