(AllHipHop News) Multi-platinum New Orleans rapper C-Murder was on the losing side of a Supreme Court verdict yesterday (February 19), that will uphold his life long sentence for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old fan in 2002.
While the Supreme Court ruling keeps the former No Limit rapper and TRU Records label head behind bars, organizations like the NAACP have suggested that there be an investigation into the jury’s deliberations that ruled 10-2 to convict C-Murder.
In Louisiana, a vote of 9-3 wouldn’t have been enough to convict C-Murder and jurors have come out after the trial admitting that “abusive” persuasion and threats existed throughout the juror’s deliberations.
The case also brings up the heavily contested legal debate at the federal and state levels about whether or not a unanimous vote should be required to convict potential criminals.
In 2009 C-Murder was sentenced to life in jail, but since then he has appealed the case on several occasions. The latest appeal reached Louisiana’s Supreme Court.
“No DNA,” Miller’s legal team wrote in one of two briefs filed at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal. “No fingerprints. No gun. No ballistics. No testing for gunshot residue. No incriminating statements. Not one piece of physical evidence directly linking Corey Miller to the shooting. The irreconcilable tales of two flip-flopping, deal-driven and reluctant (to testify) witnesses is the only evidence propping up the state’s case.”
Despite this, C Murder’s appeal was rejected, and now the rapper must serve life in prison for the murder of a 16-year-old named Steve Thomas, in a now defunct nightclub in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.