News: C-Murder's Court Request Denied, Jury Selection Begins
Monday, Aug 3, 2009 1:30PM
Incarcerated rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller's request to have his murder trial re-located was denied today (August 3).
C-Murder's attorney Ron Rakosky said the media's coverage would prevent a fair trial in an attempt to change venues, but the lawyer's plea was turned down.
Assistant Jefferson Parish District Attorney David Wolff said Rakosky was making the same arguments he had made when a previous change-of-venue motion was denied in April. 24th Judicial District Court Judge Hans Liljeberg denied the request for a change of venue. He said 14 mock jurors were chosen in April after an earlier request to move the trial. Those mock jurors were questioned about their knowledge of the case and "it was clear to everybody that Mr. Miller can get a fair trial." A panel of 39 potential jurors was sworn in for the jury-selection process around 10 a.m. today. Liljeberg warned them that the trial could last two weeks. (NOLA News)
The trial officially began Monday with the rapper facing a second-degree murder charge which alleges he fatally shot a teenager.
He faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of killing 16 year-old Steve Thomas during a brawl in a New Orleans area nightclub in 2002. Miller was convicted in 2003, but the judge granted a new trial after finding prosecutors improperly kept the defense from seeing criminal background information on three witnesses. Miller, who spent most of his time since the last trial on house arrest, has been in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail since pleading no contest in May to two counts of attempted second-degree murder in a 2001 incident at a nightclub there. (Associated Press)
He previously had a recent request to postpone today's trial denied.
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 Juan Flowers killed Steve Thomas on Jan. 12, 2002. (Newsday)
Miller associate Juan Flowers recently confessed to the fatal shooting charge.
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." (The Times-Picayune)
Footage of a separate C-Murder shooting landed online earlier this summer.