Incarcerated rapper C-Murder will continue to serve his life sentence behind bars as a Louisiana appeals court decided to uphold his murder conviction from a 2002 fatal shooting.
According to reports, C-Murder (Corey Miller) will remain in jail for life.
A three-judge panel from the state’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected Miller’s argument that he didn’t get a fair trial. In 2009, a jury convicted Miller of second-degree murder for shooting 16-year-old Steve Thomas during a confrontation at a nightclub. Miller claims the judge who presided over his trial allowed jurors to hear prejudicial and unsubstantiated testimony that he threatened witnesses to the shooting. He also accused prosecutors of systematically eliminating black people from the jury. But the 5th Circuit rejected those arguments. (CBS News)
Last year, C-Murder spoke on receiving his life sentence and trying to keep upbeat.
“I’m holding up pretty good here at Angola [State prison in Louisiana],” C-Murder wrote in a letter. “I work out regularly and participate in all sports leagues. Of course I hate it, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Life is short and the time you waste in jail can never be replaced. I’m asking you guys to take heed to my situation and better yourselves to live a positive and productive life.” (All Hip Hop)
Former No Limit Records artist Mystikal previously discussed Murder’s legal woes.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak with [Master P] since I been back though,” Mystikal told DJ Whoo Kid in an interview. “I ain’t get a chance to holla at him yet. I hollered at C before his [case] went the way it did, you know. We gonna see if we can work on that too, I can’t let him sit in there like that. He still got some breathing room, he got a little fight left in him.” (Radio Planet TV)
Master P talked to SOHH in 2009 about his brother doing time behind bars.
“Your image can get you incarcerated and take a lot of things away from you,” P explained. “I think he realizes that right now and he definitely will be fighting an appeal but it takes times. It might take two to three years. He’s innocent from his crimes, everybody knows that but that goes to show you how your image and all the stuff from your past — it makes others think ‘Oh, you know this guy’s name is C-Murder, so he’s guilty.’ They don’t even look at, ‘Oh you wasn’t in the club, you didn’t pull the trigger.’ Man, your image can really describe your life.” (SOHH)
Check out Pusha T speaking to SOHH about C-Murder’s life sentence down below: