Terry Carter was allegedly killed by rap mogul Suge Knight, but many news and entertainment outlets confused the 55-year-old truck driver Carter for the former Battlestar Galactica star of the same name.
A different Terry Carter starred on the science fiction show, leading some news sites to believe that Knight’s victim was the Terry Carter who had died. Obituaries for the Battlestar Galactica star even turned up on sites like Cinema Blend, though these reports were later revised to include the correct information.
“The story has been revised to reflect that Blatt confirmed the victim was Terry Carter, but did not identify Carter as the actor from ‘McCloud’ and the original ‘Battlestar Galactica.’”
Suge Knight was arrested this week on suspicion of murder after allegedly running down Carter with his car. The incident stemmed from an argument on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the influential rap group N.W.A.
After Knight and a group of unidentified men argued, the victims left the scene and went to a nearby burger restaurant. Witnesses said Knight followed the group in his truck and ran them down, then backed over the men before fleeing the scene.
But Suge Knight’s lawyer saw it differently, saying that the group threatened to kill Knight and were “attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape… in fear for his life.”
“I am positive Mr. Knight will be exonerated,” attorney James Blatt said. “Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and still need to see video of the incident.”
A report from the Los Angeles Times could have cleared up that the Terry Carter allegedly killed by Suge Knight is not the same one who starred in Battlestar Galactica. The story identified the deceased Carter as being 55-years-old, while the Carter who played Colonel Tigh on the popular television show is 86.