A lawyer for Terry Carter’s widow and two kids told a Los Angeles County jury on Tuesday that Suge Knight, the creator of Death Row Records, should be required to pay $81 million to his family. Knight was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter after running Carter over with his Ford Raptor truck on the set of Straight Outta Compton seven years ago while attempting to meet with Dr. Dre about an alleged murder-for-hire scheme.
During the almost month-long wrongful death civil trial, which ended a week after Knight testified electronically from prison, it was the first time the Carter family’s lawyer, Lance Behringer, put a price amount on the family’s loss. Knight, 57, is currently serving 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to Carter’s voluntary manslaughter in exchange for avoiding a trial.
Prosecutors initially charged Knight with murder, alleging that he intentionally hit the gas, mowing down Carter in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers on Jan. 29, 2015, during a fight with Cle “Bone” Sloan, a former gang member working security for Straight Outta Compton, the Dre and Ice Cube-produced film about the rise of the rap group N.W.A.
“Dying on the concrete floor alone at Tam’s Burgers was not a natural death. He was taken from these three women,” stated Behringer, pointing to Carter’s wife, Lillian Carter, and two kids, Nekaya and Crystal, who sat in the first row of the courtroom.