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MAN CONVICTED IN DEATH OF EX-GRAND FUNK RAILROAD MANAGER:

April 28, 2005

TEMPLE, Texas – A 27-year-old Temple man has been convicted in the slaying of a former manager of the 1970s rock group Grand Funk Railroad.

A Bell County jury deliberated less than 40 minutes Wednesday before finding Donald Alan Fair guilty of murder in the Nov. 1 death of Richard Terrance “Terry” Knight.

Authorities said Fair stabbed Knight to death during a domestic dispute at an apartment complex.

In his closing argument, defense attorney Jim Hewitt said there was “strong evidence” Fair was high on methamphetamine when he stabbed Knight 17 times.

Fair was the boyfriend of the victim’s daughter. Knight, his daughter and her boyfriend all lived in the apartment, police said.

Knight, 61, managed Grand Funk Railroad, which started in Flint, Mich., during the 1960s and early 1970s.

Temple is about 60 miles north of Austin.

Courtesy of www.ap.org

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