C-Murder Loses Appeal on Second-Degree Murder Charges

C-Murder Loses Appeal on Second-Degree Murder Charges
Rapper C-Murder (aka Corey Miller) has lost his appeal to overturn the second-degree murder conviction he received back in 2009, with a three-judge panel in Louisiana disagreeing with the musician's stance that the initial trial was unfair and deciding to uphold his life sentence.

The Associated Press reports that, this past Wednesday (December 28), the state's 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the rapper's position that his trial allowed jurors to hear unsubstantiated testimony that alleged he threatened witnesses of the 2002 shooting that left 16-year-old Steve Thomas dead at a Louisiana night club. The rapper had also claimed that prosecutors had eliminated black people from the jury.

Miller had previously been convicted in 2003, but judges overturned that decision when it was found that prosecutors had been withholding the criminal backgrounds of several witnesses to the shooting.