Louisiana Supreme Court Overturns C-Murder’s Murder Conviction

The Louisiana Supreme

Court has overturned Corey "C-Murder" Miller’s murder conviction yesterday

(Mar. 10) and the rapper could be free on bond as early as Monday, according

to his lawyer.

Miller was convicted

of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Steven Thomas.

Thomas was shot in the chest after an argument inside of the Platinum Club in

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana in January 2002.

Over 300 people

were inside of the club on the night of the shooting, and several witnesses

identified Miller as the shooter.

Miller was charged

with second-degree murder and was ordered held on $2 million dollars bond. He

pleaded not guilty, but his bond was revoked, after authorities claimed he bribed

two Jefferson Parish officers to smuggle in a cell phone and charger into prison.

Prosecutors claimed

Miller used the phone to communicate with friends in attempt to harm or intimidate

witnesses in the trial.

Miller pleaded

not guilty and went to trial in Sept. of 2003. He was convicted of second-degree

murder, which carries a mandatory life sentence. Several witnesses for the prosecution

offered testimony identifying Miller as the shooter.

At a Dec. 2003

hearing to appeal the verdict, a woman that testified for the prosecution revealed

she did not actually see Miller shoot the Thomas. She also said she witnessed

another man with a gun moments before the shooting.

The woman said

she witnessed another man known as "Calliope Slim" brandishing a gun

just before Thomas was gunned down.

She testified she

told Jefferson Parish detectives about Calliope Slim before the trial. The information

was never brought up during the trial, along with other information that may

have led to Miller’s acquittal.

It was also revealed

that detectives cleared parking tickets and a felony theft arrest warrant for

one of the witnesses friends, in exchange for testimony.

The defense argued

the withheld evidence cast doubt on the credibility of the witnesses and the

prosecutions case.

In 2004, Judge

Sassone agreed with Miller’s defense team, and ordered a new trial.

Prosecutors appealed

Sassone’s ruling and in March of 2005, two of three judges on the 5th Circuit

Court of Appeal disagreed with Sassone’s ruling and upheld the second-degree

murder conviction.

In Feb. 2006, Miller

filed a request with the Louisiana Supreme Court, which has granted the rapper

a new trial,

It is now up to

the prosecution to decide if they will retry Miller for second-degree murder.

Representatives for the District Attorney did not offer comment on the Louisiana

Supreme Court’s ruling.

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