Just before New Year’s Day, rapper C-Murder got some bad news, when he was denied a re-trial for murder charges.
According to the Associated Press, a Louisiana appeals court upheld a 2009 murder conviction and life sentence for C-Murder, who argued that he wasn’t given a fair trial.
Back in 2009, shortly after being sentenced to life in prison, his camp expressed their outrage over the way his trial was handled, even going as far as calling the outcome racist.
“Corey Miller’s life has been at the mercy of racist politicians in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana,” said Tomeka, a recording artist on C-Murder’s TRU label. “It is time that the public is educated on how this case was handled, and how an innocent man has been put behind bars because he is an African American rapper whose case is unfortunately being tried in Jefferson Parish. The racists have gone so far as to put up a billboard stating Corey Miller is guilty.
“So many illegal events have taken place with this case that the State Supreme Court overturned his conviction due to actions by prosecuting attorneys. In most states, these attorneys would have been disbarred,” she continued.
The 40-year-old rapper (real name: Corey Miller) was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009, after a jury found that he was responsible for the death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas during a confrontation at a nightclub.
Miller claims the judge who presided over his trial allowed jurors to hear prejudicial and unsubstantiated testimony that he threatened witnesses to the shooting; and also accused prosecutors of systematically eliminating black people from the jury.
Despite the claims, a three-judge panel from the state’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on December 28th rejected those arguments … and upheld the conviction.