Judge Refuses to Dismiss C-Murder’s Indictment, Trial to Proceed
A judge on Monday (February 11) refused to dismiss a murder indictment against Corey “C-Murder” Miller clearing the way for his second trial to proceed. The No Limit rapper stands accused of the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a club in Harvey, La. Over a year ago, his defense team filed three motions to dismiss the indictment, suppress evidence and toss out witness identifications of Miller. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Miller’s attorney Ron Rakosky argued that the prosecution prejudiced the original grand jury by presenting witnesses that knew nothing of Thomas’ murder, but instead testified about a separate 2001 shooting in Baton Rouge that the rapper has also been charged with. Rakosky also claims that the prosecution withheld evidence that would have been beneficial to his client and called the witnesses’ testimony contradictory. The defense wanted several pieces of evidence, including items seized from Miller’s cell, and the clothing he wore on the night of the murder, barred from the trial. Judge Martha Sassone denied all three defense motions without explanation. Jury selection for the trial had been scheduled to begin on Monday, but both the defense and prosecution have requested more time to flesh out issues with witnesses.