COMPTON — A judge on Wednesday declared a mistrial in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Marion “Step” Knight by relatives of a man hit and killed by a former rap mogul by a pickup truck in Compton in 2015, jurors deadlocked 7-5 in favor of acquittal. his guilty.
Compton Supreme Court Justice Thomas Long took action after jurors announced they could not get the nine votes needed to reach a verdict. They first announced late last week that they had reached a dead end, but the judge urged them to return on Tuesday and continue working.
Knight, now 56, pulled out of the voluntary manslaughter of 55-year-old Terry Carter in September 2018 after an altercation during a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton on January 29, 2015. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Cohen sentenced him to 28 years in prison a month after his statement.
Knight testified in a virtual environment during a civil suit trial.
Knight also pleaded guilty to the charge that he used a lethal weapon – a truck – during the crime in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue. A replica of the business was unveiled during the Super Bowl halftime show on February 13 at SoFi Stadium.
The plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit, filed in June 2015, are Carter’s widow Lillian and daughters Cristal and Nekaya.
Knight also punched and seriously injured Cle “Bone” Sloan during the confrontation, which was caught on security video. Knight claimed he tried to flee the scene in his truck and claimed that Sloan, who worked as a security guard on the set, had a gun.
Knight, a former football player from Compton, co-founded Death Row Records, which during its heyday in the early 1990s brought in about $100 million a year. He helped launch some of rap’s biggest artists, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. He was with Shakur the night he was shot in Las Vegas in 1996.
Knight served five years in prison for assault and gun violations, and after his release in 2001, spent another 10 months behind bars for violating parole by hitting a Hollywood nightclub valet. In August 2014, he was shot half a dozen times at a nightclub in the Los Angeles area.