Former Death Row CEO Suge Knight received a mistrial in the wrongful death lawsuit in connection with his 2015 hit-and-run case.
A Los Angeles Supreme Court judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday after a jury was deadlocked at 7-5 in favor of Terry Carter, the man Knight killed on the set of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, the NY Post reports.
Carter’s wife, Lilian, filed the suit in 2015 after Knight struck Carter with his vehicle and ran him over in a shocking scene captured by surveillance cameras. Knight was named in the lawsuit along with Universal Studios Inc., and rappers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.
Jury deliberations started last Tuesday but it only took the jurors less than a half-hour to decide that a “mistrial should be declared.”
“The Court and Counsel confer regarding declaring a mistrial. Both sides agree that a mistrial should be declared,” court records stated.
The suit accuses Universal of negligence by continuing to film the biopic in Compton even after Dr. Dre warned the production company to keep Knight away from the set due to the years-long feud between the two Death Row co-founders.
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