C-Murder

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C-Murder
C-Murder in 1999
C-Murder in 1999
Background information
Birth nameCorey Miller
Also known asC-Miller
Born (1971-03-09) March 9, 1971 (age 50)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1993–present
Labels
Associated acts

Corey Miller (born March 9, 1971),[1] better known by his stage name C-Murder, is an American rapper and songwriter. He initially gained fame in the mid-1990s as a part of his brother Master P's label No Limit Records, primarily as a member of the label's supergroup, TRU. Miller went on to release several solo albums of his own through the label, including 1998's platinum Life or Death. C-Murder has released nine albums altogether on six different labels, No Limit Records, TRU Records, Koch Records, Asylum Records, RBC Records, and Venti Uno.

In 2002, Miller was arrested in connection with the murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas, and was sentenced to life in prison on August 14, 2009. Miller is serving his sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary.[2][3] Controversy surrounding witnesses involved in Miller's trial came to light in 2018 when two key witnesses recanted their statements, claiming they had been pressured into testifying against Miller by authorities. Miller maintains his innocence, and both he and his brother have called for a new trial numerous times.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Corey Miller was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 9, 1971.[1]

Music career[edit]

In 1998, Miller released his first album Life or Death[1] which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200[6] and was eventually certified platinum.[citation needed]

In 1999 he released Bossalinie which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200[6] and was certified gold.[citation needed]

In 2000 he released Trapped in Crime which peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.[6]. It included the single "Down for My N's" which featured fellow No Limit artists Snoop Dogg and Magic.[citation needed]

In 2001 he released C-P-3.com, his last album with No Limit Records. It peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard 200[6] and included the singles "What U Gonna Do" and "Im Not Just".[citation needed]

In 2003 he was convicted of the murder of fan Steve Thomas.[2] He recorded three hit albums while under house arrest awaiting re-trial: The Truest Shit I Ever Said (2005) which reached No. 41 on the Billboard 200, Screamin' 4 Vengeance (2008) which reached No. 130, and Calliope Click (2009) which peaked at No. 68 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart.[6]

In 2009 he lost his appeal[7] and pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted murder in an unrelated incident.[8] While in prison he's self-released a mixtape Ricochet (2013) and four albums, Tomorrow (2010), Ain't No Heaven in the Pen (2015), Give Me Freedom Or Give Me Death (2021), and the compilation Oldies but Goodies (2018).[citation needed]

In 2016, he released a diss track accusing rapper 2 Chainz of using the slogan and name style of his former group TRU[9][10] and record label TRU Global Records.[11]

Other ventures[edit]

Miller acted in the No Limit films Da Game of Life, I Got the Hook Up", and Hot Boyz.[citation needed] He is the author of the novel Death Around The Corner, published by Vibe.[citation needed]

Legal issues[edit]

Steve Thomas case[edit]

In September 2003, Miller was convicted of the January 12, 2002 beating and fatal shooting of a fan, 16-year-old Steve Thomas, at the Platinum Club, a now-closed nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana.[2] Miller was arrested in the early hours of January 19 for causing a disturbance at the House of Blues in New Orleans.[12] He was indicted on February 28, 2002.[13] Judge Martha Sassone granted a new trial based on the claim that prosecutors improperly withheld criminal background information on three of their witnesses.[citation needed]

While awaiting re-trial, Miller was placed under house arrest. Sassone allowed Miller to promote his new, yet-to-be-titled CD and his novel, Death around the Corner, while under house arrest, but ruled that a gag order pertaining to the case would remain in effect. The terms of the house arrest required Sassone's permission for all visitors, including reporters.[14]

On March 13, 2007, Sassone granted Miller's request to work on his music career on a per-request basis, but denied his request for a 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. curfew.[15] Sassone's rulings in the case became an issue in her failed 2008 bid for re-election. Sassone was defeated by Judge Ellen Kovach; prosecutors subsequently renewed a request to have Miller returned to jail.[16] During January 2009, Miller was confined to his residence on house arrest, and could only leave for a documented medical emergency.

On May 27, 2009, Miller pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted second degree murder. These charges stem from a 2001 incident in Baton Rouge in which Miller fired one shot, after which it jammed, from a semi-automatic pistol at the owner and bouncer of a night club who refused to allow Miller to enter the business with the gun. Miller was sentenced to ten years with credit for time served.[8] A surveillance video of the incident was posted on YouTube.[citation needed]

The Louisiana State Penitentiary in November 2009

On August 5, 2009, the murder trial began. The father of the victim spoke of his son being a fan of C-Murder before the incident. A bouncer also testified against Miller, saying he witnessed the shooting. He expressed fear of repercussions for his testimony. Prosecutors also charged C-Murder's associates with witness tampering.[17]

On August 10, 2009, the jury reported being deadlocked, but Judge Hans Liljeberg instructed them to attempt to resolve the deadlock. Three hours later, the jury returned to announce it reached a 10–2 guilty verdict. The judge suspected that, given the deadlock announced earlier followed by the quick reversal, one of the jurors decided to switch under pressure to end the trial and instructed the jury to go back and deliberate on the case longer.[18]

When they returned with the same 10–2 verdict, Miller was convicted of second-degree murder.[7] During sentencing, the victim's father 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?"[19] C-Murder was sentenced on August 14 by District Judge Hans Liljeberg to mandatory life imprisonment.[3]

On August 27, 2009, Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana NAACP, requested an investigation into the jury deliberations.[20] C-Murder's financial woes reportedly landed him the help of two Harvard attorneys, one of them Ronald Sullivan, who have agreed to assist with his appeal. One of the jurors, Mary Jacob, said that both she and a fellow juror, a 20-year-old student at Xavier University of Louisiana, were verbally abused by fellow jurors for their decision to acquit. According to Jacob, the abuse resulted in her switching her verdict, saying, "They literally made this 20-year-old girl so violently ill, she was shaking so bad. She ran into the bathroom. She was throwing her guts up. She couldn't function anymore. That's when I decided, the judge don't want to listen to me, doesn't want to listen to us? I told them, 'You want him to be guilty? He's guilty; now let's get the hell out of here.'" This account was partially confirmed by another juror. In Louisiana, a 10–2 consensus is sufficient for conviction but a 9–3 consensus results in a mistrial.[21] As a result, Miller appealed the conviction.[citation needed]

On December 28, 2011, his conviction was upheld.[22]

On February 19, 2013, Miller's final appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court. After a jury voted 10–2 to convict Miller, Miller's attorneys argued that because federal juries must reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases, Miller should have not been convicted in Louisiana.[23][24]

On April 2, 2014, Miller's attorney, Rachel Conner, filed a post-conviction relief application in state court in Gretna. She raised 10 points to support her assertion that her client received no fair trial. Conner said she plans to raise additional points. Primary among the assertions is what she described as irregularities during the jury's deliberations, stating, "One juror cast a guilty vote not based on the evidence but because she wanted to end deliberations to protect another juror who refused to convict Miller but was targeted by other jurors to change her mind, Conner wrote."[25][26][27]

In August 2021, Miller went on hunger strike to protest his conditions, which he feared would result in him getting COVID-19, and the status of his trial, saying he believed the district attorney had withheld evidence.[28] That month, he hired civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.[29]

Investigation Discovery Reasonable Doubt[edit]

In June 2018, Miller's case was featured on Investigation Discovery Reasonable Doubt. It was on this episode that Kenneth Jordan recanted and discussed his false testimony.[30] Jordan stated he was pressured by detectives to testify against Miller or he himself would have faced a 10-year prison sentence for unrelated criminal charges.[4] On July 6, another witness, Darnell Jordan, recanted his testimony, saying he was detained and locked in a hotel room by the police for refusing to testify against Miller.[31]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • The Black Grinch (2020)
  • Don't Wanna Trap No More (2021)[32]

Solo albums[edit]

Collaboration albums[edit]

  • Penitentiary Chances (2016) with Boosie Badazz[34]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 I'm Bout It Q Support role
1998 MP da Last Don Cuban Guard Cameo
I Got the Hook-Up T-Lay Boy #1 Cameo
Da Game of Life Money Support role
1999 Hot Boyz Remo Support role
No Tomorrow Himself Cameo
2002 Undisputed Gat Boyz Rapper 3 Cameo
2004 White Chicks Himself Cameo
2007 Three Can Play That Game Date 1 Cameo
2015 Comedy Camp Obama impersonator Cameo
2020 Angola 1, 2 & 3 Bobby Seale Support role

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "C-Murder Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Kaufman, Gil (October 1, 2003). "C-Murder Found Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder, Receives Life Sentence". MTV News. Archived from the original on October 2, 2003. Retrieved May 4, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Rapper C-Murder sentenced to life in prison". MSN Music. Associated Press. August 14, 2009.
  4. ^ a b "C-Murder Witness Recants Testimony, Says He Was Pressured Into Identifying Rapper as Shooter". Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "C-Murder's Lawyer Wants Conviction Reversed After 2nd Witness Recants Testimony". Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e "C-Murder > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Archived from the original on October 31, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Purpura, Paul; Lin, C. J. (August 11, 2009). "C-Murder guilty of second-degree murder after topsy-turvy jury action". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  8. ^ a b Gates, Paul (May 27, 2009). "C-Murder pleads no contest to attempted murder". WAFB. Archived from the original on June 12, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  9. ^ "C-Murder Disses 2 Chainz On "2 Stainz;" 2 Chainz Responds". YouTube. January 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  10. ^ "@CartoonTutorBabi - C Murder 2 Stainz (2 Chainz Diss)". YouTube.
  11. ^ "C-Murder speaks on the return of TRU Records Part 2". YouTube. September 17, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  12. ^ Nelson, Rob (January 19, 2002). "Gangsta rapper booked in teen killing". The Times-Picayune. Archived from the original on August 22, 2002. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  13. ^ Darby, Joe (March 1, 2002). "Rapper indicted in Harvey shooting". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Archived from the original on May 6, 2003. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  14. ^ Purpura, Paul (March 2, 2007). "Judge lets rapper promote CD, novel". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  15. ^ Purpura, Paul (March 13, 2007). "Rapper may leave house". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans.
  16. ^ Purpura, Paul (August 2, 2009). "C-Murder's retrial in 2002 killing set to open Monday". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  17. ^ AbduSalaam, Ishmael (August 6, 2009). "Bouncer Says C-Murder Guilty of Killing Teen". AllHipHop.com. Archived from the original on November 29, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  18. ^ Lin, C.J. (August 11, 2009). "C-Murder guilty verdict not valid, judge says, and sends jury back for more deliberations". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  19. ^ "Rapper C-Murder Shot 16-Year-Old Fan In Club". Sky News. August 12, 2009. Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  20. ^ Purpura, Paul (August 27, 2009). "C-Murder jury deliberation needs investigation, Louisiana NAACP president says". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. Retrieved August 27, 2009.
  21. ^ "C-Miller, rap star, kills a young fan". TruTV. August 14, 2009.
  22. ^ Kunzelman, Michael. "Rapper C-Murder's Conviction, Sentence Upheld". ABC News.
  23. ^ "Supreme Court Rejects C-Murder's Appeal Of Murder Conviction". HipHopDX.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  24. ^ "Supreme Court rejects appeal from rapper C-Murder". The Times-Picayine. New Orleans. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  25. ^ "C-Murder Says This Can't Be Life, Wants Another Shot At Freedom". Sohh.com. April 2, 2014. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  26. ^ "TMZ BREAKING". HipHopNews24-7.com. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  27. ^ "C-Murder Hopes to Escape Prison Through New trial". Hip Hop Weekly. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  28. ^ "Louisiana rapper C-Murder on hunger strike over COVID-19, trial evidence". WDSU. August 6, 2021. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  29. ^ "C-Murder Adds Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump To Legal Counsel". Hot New Hip Hop. August 7, 2021. Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  30. ^ https://www.nola.com/news/crime_police/article_2a24afd9-f3eb-5ca2-87b9-3bf5d25e66a8.html
  31. ^ "Second Witness Says Detectives 'Tricked' Him Into Identifying C-Murder in Nightclub Shooting". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  32. ^ https://boutdatonline.com/2021/01/22/breaking-c-murder-drops-2021-banger-dont-wanna-trap-no-more/
  33. ^ "Aint No Heaven In the Pen by C-Murder on Apple Music". Itunes.apple.com. March 24, 2015. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  34. ^ ""Penitentiary Chances (Deluxe Edition)" by Boosie Badazz on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. April 15, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2017.

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