Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)
Rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder in connection with the 2002 shooting of 16 year-old Steve Thomas at a New Orleans nightclub. Miller was originally found guilty of this crime in 2003.
The jury reached the 10-2 verdict on the second day of deliberations. The jury deliberation did have some complications as at least three jurors had a hard time coming to a decision and one juror had changed their vote just to end the deliberation, which makes the verdict invaild. District Judge Hans Liljeberg ordered the jurors back to the jury room for more deliberation because of a questionable vote. Miller’s attorney, Ron Rakosky asked for a mistrial saying the judge pressured the jury to reach a verdict. The judge denied the motion saying “I told them if they could not reach a verdict to let me know.”
Miller declined to comment on the verdict, but his family accused the prosecutors of corruption and said that “this verdict is wrong and we will not let this rest”. Prosecutor David Wolff said “the verdict would stand up on appeal. The judge ran a very clean trial. Deliberating on a homicide case is difficult.”
Steve Thomas’ family was in tears after the verdict was read. Steve’s father, George Thomas said “I’m not rejoicing. I feel bad for (Miller’s) family. But at least they can see him. What have we got but a gravesite and a photograph.”
Attorneys for both sides return Friday morning to court where a date will be set for the sentencing hearing.