C-Murder Loses Latest Legal Battle, Faces Life Sentence

Attempt to overturn murder conviction denied by appellate court.

The latest attempt by rapper C-Murder's defense team to have his 2003 second-degree murder conviction overturned was denied on Tuesday by a state appellate court in Louisiana, according to The Associated Press.

C-Murder, whose real name is Corey Miller, was convicted September 30, 2003, in the death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, who was shot at the Platinum nightclub in Harvey, a suburb of New Orleans. Miller faces a mandatory life sentence, with no possibility for parole.

Tuesday's rebuff was just the latest legal blow for C-Murder. Earlier this month, a 2004 decision by State District Judge Martha Sassone, granting the rapper a new trial on the grounds that prosecutors hadn't fully disclosed information concerning the checkered criminal pasts of several of their key witnesses, was reversed by the state's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal (see "C-Murder Denied A Retrial By State Court Of Appeals"). Two of the panel's three justices sided with prosecutors — who had appealed Sassone's ruling — finding that, even without those witnesses' testimony, "there was an abundance of other evidence which fully established [C-Murder's] guilt."

C-Murder, whose latest album Truest Sh-- I Ever Said was released last week, is being held in the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, Louisiana. His lawyer, Ron Rakosky, told the AP he plans to file an appeal with the state's Supreme Court.

This week C-Murder's brothers No Limit Records founder Master P and rapper Silkk the Shocker were formally charged with carrying unregistered loaded firearms (see "Master P, Silkk The Shocker Charged With Gun Possession"). The charges stem from an incident in late January in California, when UCLA campus police found two loaded guns inside Master P's car during a routine vehicle stop. Master P and Silkk the Shocker are due to appear in a California court Wednesday (March 30), where they'll be arraigned on the felony gun charge.