News: UPDATE: C-Murder Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder, Verdict Remains
Tuesday, Aug 11, 2009 4:05PM
Incarcerated rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller has reportedly been found guilty of second-degree murder after a judge forced the deciding jury to re-do the verdict
The decision, which may have been tainted as a result of an impatient juror, was delivered in a Louisiana courtroom Tuesday (August 11) morning.
The jury returned to the courtroom just before 11 a.m. Tuesday with its verdict. [Judge] Liljeberg said the vote was 10-2, enough for a second-degree murder conviction. But he said he believed one juror may have changed his or her vote only for the purposes of ending the deliberations. (NOLA News)
A second decison was given shortly afterwards which determined the rapper's fate.
The Louisiana jury reached the 10-2 verdict around 1:30 p.m. in its second day of deliberations. Jurors had reached the same verdict earlier in the day, but District Judge Hans Liljeberg ordered them back to the jury room for more deliberation because of a questionable vote. Liljeberg said after the verdict's intial reading that one juror had apparently changed her vote just to end deliberations. Three jurors had been seen crying in the courtroom Tuesday morning, and the day before they sent a note that they were having trouble reaching a consensus. (Associated Press)
Club bouncer Darneil Jordan took the stand last week and shared his account of what allegedly happened in 2002.
Jordan told jurors in a Louisiana courtroom he's positive he saw the rapper shoot a 16 year-old Steve Thomas during a night club brawl. However, he said he never saw C-Murder with the gun. Jordan says 15 to 20 people were beating up the teen when he saw Miller slip his hand under the pile, "saw the muzzle flash and heard the gun shot." (KXMB News)
The 16 year-old victim's father also gave his statement a day prior.
Mr. Thomas said he got a call at 1 a.m. on the night his son was shot. It was from the bouncer at the Platinum Club. Thomas went to the club after the call, and a deputy told him Steve had been shot. Thomas then went to West Jefferson Medical Center but was unable to see his son. "The doctor said he did everything he could, but Steve was dead," Thomas testified in a shaky voice, wiping away tears. "I took all that junk he had on the wall and threw it in the garbage can," he said. (The Times-Picayune)
An incarcerated associate of Miller said he --not Miller-- was responsible for the teen's murder seven years ago.
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 that prosecutors have less than two weeks to investigate allegations raised by Miller's attorney that associate Juan Flowers killed Steve Thomas on Jan. 12, 2002. (Newsday)
No further information has been provided as of now.
Check out a 2007 C-Murder interview below: