Lawyers For Corey “C-Murder” Miller Want A New Trial
The rapper, who’s currently serving a life sentence, has now appealed for a new trial.
Corey “C-Murder” Miller was sentenced to life in prison for murder about two years ago. His lawyers have now filed an appeal in Gretna, Louisiana for a new trial.
According to NOLA.com, Miller’s legal team appeared before a panel of court judges yesterday, arguing that “the trial judge pressured jurors to reach a verdict, to prosecutors using unsubstantiated claims that the New Orleans-born rapper threatened witnesses to remain silent.”
“No DNA,” wrote Miller’s team in one of two briefs filed. “No fingerprints. No gun. No ballistics. No testing for gunshot residue. No incriminating statements. Not one piece of physical evidence directly linking Corey Miller to the shooting. The irreconcilable tales of two flip-flopping, deal-driven and reluctant (to testify) witnesses is the only evidence propping up the state’s case.”
They say Liljeberg (The Judge) also erred in not allowing the jury to hear again during deliberations a recording of a 911 call in which the caller provides information suggesting someone else shot Thomas. Authorities believe that the caller was one of the prosecutors’ two witnesses who at trial claimed they saw Miller shoot the teenager.
Miller’s attorneys also accuse prosecutors of cutting African-Americans during jury selection. They say prosecutors used eight of their 12 peremptory strikes to cut black potential jurors. The appeals attorneys don’t break it down, but three of the jurors during Miller’s trial were black, and two of them voted the rapper was not guilty.
Miller, was not present in court during the appeal request. He was in Angola serving his life sentence.
What many people weren’t aware of at the time was that Miller had previously pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted second-degree murder on an unrelated incident on Aug.14, 2001.
The incident was captured on surveillance, Miller tried to shoot a nightclub owner and a bouncer inside a club.
And to be perfectly honest his artist name “C-Murder” isn’t helping him out at all!