New Witnesses Come Forward Claiming C-Murder Is Innocent
Two new witnesses have come forward claiming that Corey “C-Murder” Miller is not the man who killed 16-year-old Steve Thomas back in 2002; a charge for which C-Murder is currently serving life in prison.
Miller, brother of Master P and Silkk The Shocker, was convicted in 2009 for the second-degree murder of Thomas in Harvey, Louisiana, who was beaten then shot at the town’s Platinum Club on Jan. 12, 2002.
Miller, who has maintained his innocence, is serving a life sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. After numerous appeals were rejected, Conner is challenging Miller’s conviction, arguing he did not get a fair trial.
Authorities could only link Miller, now 44, to Thomas’s k!lling with two eyewitnesses “who had been threatened by law enforcement, had serious potential criminal charges resolved and had to be arrested under material witness warrants in order to ensure their appearance,” Conner argued in court filings.
Had they been contacted, several “credible” witnesses could have testified that Miller was pushed away from the fray and left the club, Conner said. Among them is Bush, who was a student at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero. He was only contacted by defense attorneys last year.
Bush said he saw another man with a hat enter the f!ght and fire a shot at Thomas. Bush left the club through a back door and never spoke to police.
“Mr. Bush has felt bad about not coming forward given that he knows Corey Miller did not shoot that young man,” according to Conner’s court filing. “Given his sports career, he just did not want to get involved.”
Bush played basketball at Baylor University before signing with the NBA’s Spurs. He also has played internationally.
In seeking to vacate Miller’s life sentence and win a new trial, Conner raises numerous issues, including juror misconduct during deliberations; questions about the competency of one juror; and abuse of discretion by the trial judge, Hans Liljeberg, who now sits on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal. Conner also argues that the 10-2 verdict to convict Miller is unconstitutional.
One juror has said she changed her vote to guilty “under duress” to end deliberations to protect another juror who refused to convict the rapper but was being pressured by other members of the panel to do so. And Conner argues Liljeberg never told jurors that a hung jury was “an acceptable outcome,” instead instructing them to continue deliberations.
Assistant District Attorney Terry Boudreaux argued that a number of issues raised by Miller were addressed in his appeals and cannot be revisited as he seeks post conviction relief.