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C-Murder’s 2009 Homicide: Federal Ruling Sustains Conviction

November 30, 2023 | By Kali Girl

In a recent legal turn of events, U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance firmly rejected a habeas corpus petition on November 13. According to The Source, this petition, submitted by Corey Miller’s legal team, sought to challenge the 2009 murder conviction linked to Miller’s involvement in the tragic January 2002 killing of 16-year-old Steve Thomas at NOLA’s Platinum Club.

Judge Vance stood resolute in her decision, expressing doubt about the credibility of the two witnesses who attempted to backtrack on their previous statements. She deemed their recantations as “suspect and not reliable.”

In her extensive 47-page verdict, Judge Vance emphasized that Miller faced a significant challenge to “put forth clear and convincing evidence of error in the state courts’ findings of fact, which he has failed to do.”

In 2009, Miller was handed a life sentence following dual trials for the 2002 shooting of Thomas. The promising 16-year-old rapper fell victim to gunfire within a club, as recounted by security guard Darnell Jordan, who observed a luminous burst emanating from Miller’s hand—a presumed gunshot.

The second witness, Kenneth Jordan, disclosed during trial that select club attendees, including C-Murder, bypassed metal detectors. He identified the rapper as the assailant through a photo lineup. However, their narratives took a turn in 2018 when both witnesses, in sworn affidavits, recanted their statements, pointing fingers at police coercion.

Despite this shift, a Jefferson Parish judge, in 2019, deemed the recantations lacking credibility. C-Murder is contesting Vance’s ruling, aiming to elevate the case to a higher federal court.

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