Redman, Sermon Stage Another Rally For Keith Murray

For the second time in three months, Erick Sermon and Redman will take to the steps of the Capitol building in Hartford, Connecticut, next Wednesday to rally support for the release of their Def Squad bandmate, Keith Murray.

Connecticut state Senator Eric Coleman and Murray's lawyer, Joe Moniz, are also expected to turn out for the event, a follow-up to a similar rally in July that brought out such hip-hop notables as Fat Joe, Rockwilder, and Tha Alkaholiks (see "Redman, Erick Sermon, More Plead For New Keith Murray Trial").

In 1998, Murray was convicted of a second-degree assault following an altercation with a concert promoter in Connecticut back in 1995. After being sentenced to three years in prison, the rapper failed to turn himself in to authorities and was on the lam for almost a month before surrendering to authorities (see "Keith Murray Arraigned After Turning Himself

In").

Murray's sentence was subsequently upped from three years to five, although the additional two years can be suspended if Murray keeps out of trouble while in prison or following his release on parole. To date, Murray has served 23 months of his term.