Closing Arguments In C-Murder Trial Halted

Closing arguments

in the murder trial of rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller were halted today,

when the state 5th Circuit of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that a judge cannot

keep prosecutors from telling jurors that Miller could be innocent of second degree


Prosecutors said

that jurors should be informed that Miller could be guilty of manslaughter for

the role he allegedly played in the beating of 16-year-old Steve Thomas in a

Jefferson Parish nightclub.

The second degree

murder charges carry a mandatory life sentence, while the lesser charge of manslaughter

could put Miller behind bars for up to 40 years.

Two prosecution

witnesses claim they saw Miller shoot Thomas after an argument between the two,

while the defense presented several witnesses who gave conflicting testimony

and claimed they saw Miller in different parts of the club.

Miller's defense

attorney Ronald J. Rokosky said that Jefferson Parish police could only produce

two witnesses who saw Miller shoot Thomas despite there being over 150 people

in the club.