Knight sentenced to life in Beaufort Subway murder

November 29, 2012 

Defendant Rajerick Lovell Knight talks with one of his lawyers, Naki Richardson-Bax Thursday morning at the Beaufort County Courthouse. Knight was sentenced to life in prison after a Beaufort County jury found him guilty of murder.

DELAYNA EARLEY, STAFF PHOTO

A Beaufort man who shot and killed a man in a Subway restaurant was sentenced to life in prison today after a Beaufort County jury found him guilty of murder.

Rajerick Lovell Knight, on trial for a fatal shooting in the Beaufort sandwich shop, told jurors Wednesday he gunned down Travis Sentell Holmes because he feared for his life and his family’s safety.

Knight, 25, testified he had made poor decisions in the past and acknowledged numerous convictions for burglary, larceny, misdemeanor drug possession and unlawful use of a firearm.

But Holmes, 28, made verbal and physical threats that justified the shooting at a Subway restaurant in the Cross Creek shopping center July 26, 2011.

The jury, however, sided today with the prosecution in finding Knight guilty. Judge Craig Brown sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

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