News: C-Murder's Fatal Shooting Trial Delay Denied, Judge Refuses To Postpone
Tuesday, Jul 21, 2009 1:20PM
Incarcerated rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller's recent request to have next month's fatal shooting trial postponed has reportedly been denied.
The decision was made yesterday (July 20) afternoon.
A Louisiana judge has refused to postpone next month's trial. Prosecutors wanted a delay so they could investigate a claim by another man that he killed the teenager. Judge Hans Liljeberg ruled Monday that prosecutors have less than two weeks to investigate allegations raised by Miller's attorney that Juan Flowers killed Steve Thomas on Jan. 12, 2002. (Newsday)
The judge said his decision was in part due to having previously postponed the trial.
But Liljeberg, who inherited Miller's case in January, said he has twice postponed the trial and noted he was ready to try it on Jan. 12, the date that was set before he became the presiding judge. "I wanted to go to trial with it that Monday, " Liljeberg said. (The Times-Picayune)
Miller associate Juan Flowers recently confessed to the fatal shooting charge which C-Murder faces.
Three weeks before Miller is retried on a murder charge, Flowers has admitted he was the shooter in a Harvey nightclub seven years ago that left a teenager dead, Miller's attorney said. Prosecutors, however, said Flowers, who was with Miller at the Platinum Club on Jan. 12, 2002, denied he and the rapper were involved in Steve Thomas' killing. Miller's attorney, Ron Rakosky, wants Flowers transported from Smith State Prison in Glenville, Georgia, to testify in Miller's trial, records show. "Juan Edwin Flowers has stated under oath that it was he who fired the shot which killed Steve Thomas," Rakosky wrote in the July 3 request. "His testimony is therefore relevant and he is a material witness." (NOLA News)
Currently incarcerated, C-Murder pleaded "no contest" to attempted murder charges in a separate case earlier this year.
Rapper C-Murder has pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted second-degree murder. In the plea agreement, C-Murder, whose real name is Corey Miller, will be sentenced by the judge to 10 years in prison. The formal sentencing will be August 25th. (WAFB News)
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