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C-Murder convicted of second-degree murder

Verdict reached after less than two days of jury deliberation

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C-Murder has been convicted of second-degree murder for the shooting of a teenager in 2002 near New Orleans.

The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, shot and killed 16-year-old Steve Thomas during a brawl at a nightclub.

The jury reached the 10-2 verdict at lunchtime this afternoon (August 11) after just one-and-a-half days of deliberations.

They had come to the same verdict earlier today, but were sent back to deliberate further after one juror seemed to changed her vote just to end deliberations, reports the Associated Press.

The courtroom was ordered to be silent as the verdict was read.

Thomas's family cried upon leaving the court. "I'm not rejoicing," his father George Thomas said. "But at least they (Miller’s family) can see him. What have we got but a gravesite and a photograph?."

Miller was found guilty of the crime in a previous trial, but the conviction was overturned. He faces life imprisonment. His sentence will be handed down at a later date.

--By our New York staff.
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