Legal complications continue to manifest for rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller, as the date for the 36-year-old New Orleans natives murder trial has been pushed back until June 9.
The Times-Picayune reports that the judge in the case granted a request by attorneys on both sides on Wednesday (Jan. 30) to postpone the hearing, which was originally scheduled to take place in three weeks.
During a meeting with Judge Martha Sassone, assistant District Attorneys David Wolff and Shannon Swaim told the judge about a meeting this month with Miller’s attorney Ron Rakosky.
Wolff revealed that during the meeting, Rakosky found names on a list of the prosecutors’ witnesses that he did not know might provide testimony, the Times-Picayune reported.
The significance of what Rakosky found remains unclear since it was not discussed in court. Jury selection was set to begin Feb. 11.
The postponement is the latest development in the continuing saga surrounding Miller, who is charged with second-degree murder in the Jan. 12, 2002, death of Steve Thomas.
The 16-year-old fan was shot in the chest at the now-closed Platinum Club in Harvey.
Despite a unanimous vote from a Jefferson Parish jury to convict Miller in September 2003, Judge Martha Sassone granted the rapper a new trial after discovering that prosecutors in the case improperly withheld background information on three defense witnesses.
The state Supreme Court set the wheels in motion for a second trial after upholding Sassone’s ruling in March 2006.
A hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 11 for Sassone to hear a string of pretrial motions.
Miller is currently under house arrest as a condition of his $500,000 bond.