C-Murder Pleads Not Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

Rapper is accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old boy in January.

C-Murder, who was indicted on a second-degree murder charge last week, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Jefferson Parish District Court in Louisiana on Wednesday.

The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, is accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Steve Thomas in the chest during a rap contest at a club in mid-January; he's maintained that police arrested the wrong man (see "C-Murder Indicted For Murder").

On the same day of his arraignment in Jefferson Parish, C-Murder's legal defense represented the rapper at his bond review hearing in Baton Rouge, where in August a warrant was issued for his arrest for attempted murder and illegal weapon use after a separate incident (see "C-Murder Out On Bail After Turning Himself In"). Because the January arrest violated the terms of his release on bond in Baton Rouge, he was advised not to post bail in Jefferson Parish, and he has remained in custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Facility in Gretna, Louisiana.

"The court advised us that if he did [post bail], he would be transported back to Baton Rouge," C-Murder's attorney Roy Maughan said. "But since he hasn't actually been charged yet in Baton Rouge, we discussed what the charges would be, and the charges would be less than attempted murder."

C-Murder's legal defense asked for a speedy trial, and Judge Martha Sassone set a preliminary trial date for April 15.

In addition to defending himself on a criminal level, the rapper also faces a wrongful death civil suit from the parents of the deceased teen (see "C-Murder Facing Wrongful Death Suit In Murder Case").