Prosecutors rest their case against rapper
An attempt by lawyers for C-Murder to have his second-degree murder case declared a mistrial was denied by a judge in Louisiana today (August 7).
Lawyers for the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, asked to have a mistrial declared when it was revealed that prosecutors had reached a plea deal with a key witness, Darneil Jordan Sr, who was a bouncer at the Club Platinum nightclub near New Orleans on the night of the alleged killing.
While on the stand, Jordan told the court he signed a deal with prosecutors that he would have a Carnal Knowledge charge against him dropped if he testified against Miller, reports allhiphop.com.
Miller’s lawyers said Jordan was coerced into saying he saw Miller shoot 16-year-old Steve Thomas in 2002 . Two other witnesses told the court they saw him shoot the teen.
The rapper faces a life sentence in prison if convicted. He has denied killing the teenager
The prosecution rested its case today after three days of testimony.
Miller was convicted of second-degree murder after the initial trial in 2003. It was overturned after it emerged that prosecutors concealed criminal backgrounds of some of the witnesses in order to make them more credible to the jury.
–By our New York staff.
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