C-MURDER’S MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED: Rapper could walk out of jail today.
March 13, 2006
*Corey “C-Murder” Miller, the brother of No Limit founder Percy “Master P” Miller, may be released from prison as early as today after the Louisiana Supreme Court’s decision Friday (March 10) to overturn his murder conviction.
The rapper was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Steven Thomas following an altercation inside of the Platinum Club in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in January 2002. Miller pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and was held on $2 million bond. But it was later revoked after authorities claimed he bribed two Jefferson Parish officers to smuggle a cell phone and charger into the prison. Prosecutors said Miller planned to use the equipment to make phone calls in an attempt influence trial witnesses.
During the Sept 2003 trial, several witnesses at the club identified him as the shooter, which led to a guilty verdict and the mandatory life sentence that comes along with it.
At a Dec. 2003 hearing to appeal the verdict, a woman who testified for the prosecution revealed she did not actually see Miller fire the shots, reports Allhiphop.com. The witness added that she saw another man, known as "Calliope Slim," brandishing a gun moments before the shooting.
The appeal hearing also revealed that detectives in the original case cleared parking tickets and a felony theft arrest warrant for one of the witnesses’ friends in exchange for testimony. The defense argued that it casts doubt on the credibility of the witnesses.
In 2004, Judge Sassone sided with Miller's defense team and ordered a new trial. But prosecutors appealed Sassone’s ruling. In March 2005, two of three judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled against Sassone’s decision and upheld the second-degree murder conviction.
Last month, the Louisiana Supreme Court granted a request from Miller for a new trial, putting the next step in the hands of the prosecution to decide if they will retry the artist’s second-degree murder case.