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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Rapper C-Murder's appeal request denied

Rapper C-Murder’s request to appeal a life sentence for murder was rejected by a three-judge panel in Louisiana last week.

According to the Huffington Post, C-Murder, whose name is Corey Miller, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2009 after a 2002 dispute at a nightclub.
Miller has maintained his innocence and argues that his 2009 trial was unfair and the conviction was a result of a lack of African-Americans on the jury.
Miller also alleges that the trial judge allowed the jury to hear a “prejudicial” testimony that claimed he intimidated witnesses, according to the Washington Post.
Miller was sentenced to life in prison without the option for parole after he was found guilty of shooting 16-year-old Steve Thomas.
Miller went on trial in 2003 for the incident, but the case was ruled a mistrial due to the prosecution team withholding pertinent information about the criminal witnesses.
Miller’s 2009 trial led to a deadlocked jury until the presiding judge instructed them to come to a decision, which resulted in a 10-2 guilty verdict.
Miller’s imprisonment has not hindered his musical career, as while incarcerated, he has released five albums.
Before he was sent to prison, Miller was a member of the hip hop group TRU and he also released a chart-topping solo album, Life or Death.

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