News: C-Murder's Sister Reacts To Guilty Verdict, "Where Is Justice, Where is Barack!?" [Video]
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 1:20PM
Corey "C-Murder" Miller's sister, Germaine, has reacted to the rapper's guilty verdict from yesterday (August 11) and made a plea for witnesses to step forward.
Acknowledging the death of 16 year-old Steve Thomas who Miller was convicted of murdering in 2002, Germaine expressed her reaction upon leaving the Louisiana courtroom on Tuesday.
"I have feelings and I'm sorry for Steve Thomas' family," Miller's sister said leaving the courtroom. "I lost a brother also...Where are all the witnesses at the club? Come out, be here, be a witness, come up here. If you not Corey, don't worry about [the name] C-Murder, you come up here and show these people we need to deal with this! We need to deal with it. I'm tired of everybody holding their breath...Where is justice? Where is Barack?" (YouTube)
Murder was initially given a guilty verdict yesterday morning, however, a judge forced jurors to re-do their decision.
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 decision was given shortly afterward 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 initial 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)
Despite Germaine's pleas, witnesses did testify in the murder case including club bouncer Darneil Jordan.
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)
Footage of Germaine Miller's reaction has landed online: