C-Murder's Crimes: Kim Kardashian vows to free Master P's brother Corey Miller, a look at his legal troubles
Kim Kardashian and her rapper husband have been in the spotlight quite often these days – mostly for West’s infamous public meltdown and subsequently them getting back together to work on their relationship. But now, Kim is in the news for a different reason. After supporting a petition to free Texas teen and sex trafficking victim Zephaniah Trevino last month, the reality TV star is ready to lend her support to help rapper Corey Miller, better known as C-Murder, according to TMZ.
She announced this through a tweet on August 16. In a series of tweets, she gave a brief introduction to Miller’s case and went on two say in two subsequent tweets: "Since his trial, witnesses have recanted, new evidence of his potential innocence has come to light, and there are claims of jurors being pressured into voting to convict." In another tweet she wrote, "True justice for the young man requires that the person who actually killed him be held responsible and that Corey Miller he returned home to his kids." Then in the next tweet, she announced, “Today I’m teaming up with @MonicaDenise, @JessicaJackson and @EdyHaney to #FreeCoreyMiller."
Since his trial, witnesses have recanted, new evidence of his potential innocence has come to light, and there are claims of jurors being pressured into voting to convict.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 16, 2020
True justice for the young man requires that the person who actually killed him be held responsible and that Corey Miller he returned home to his kids.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 16, 2020
In 2002, Miller, the brother of rapper Master P, was arrested in connection with the alleged murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas. The musician was sentenced to life in prison on August 14, 2009. Miller is currently serving his sentence in Louisiana State Penitentiary.
Kardashian further wrote: "My heart goes out to the family of Steve Thomas. I can only imagine how hard this is and my intention is never to open up this painful wound but to help find the truth behind this tragedy."
My heart goes out to the family of Steve Thomas. I can only imagine how hard this is and my intention is never to open up this painful wound but to help find the truth behind this tragedy.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) August 16, 2020
Miller’s ex-girlfriend Monica, who has teamed up with Kardashian, took to Instagram to share her thoughts. She wrote: "@cmurder & I are bonded by truth, honesty & Loyalty ! There’s never been a promise broken & I vowed to seek help! After a tearful conversation with @lala she and I spoke to @kimkardashian & I explained why I KNEW Corey was innocent... I shared that There are lots of issues in Corey’s case that speak to his innocence including witnesses recanting their testimony, dna not matching & a 10-2 jury! Corey deserves to come home to his girls and be the father they need, be the artist & leader he’s always been as well as spread hope to those who have also experienced this..I’ve locked arms with @kimkardashian, @jessicajackson, @edyhaney and all those who believe in Corey and are ready to fight to #FreeCoreyMiller #FreeCoreyMiller #FreeCoreyMiller."
In September 2003, Miller was sent to prison for allegedly beating and shooting a 16-year-old fan named Steven Thomas on January 18, 2002, at the Platinum Club, a now shut down nightclub in Harvey, Louisiana. On January 19, 2002, Miller was arrested for disturbing the peace at the House of Blues in New Orleans. That year in February, he was charged with alleged second-degree murder, according to a 2002 The Times-Picayune report. However, Judge Martha Sassone ordered a new trial based on the claim that prosecutors had allegedly withheld criminal background information on three of their witnesses. He was put on house arrest and was allowed to promote his new yet-to-be titled album and a novel called 'Death Around the Corner'.
According to a WAFB 2009 report, Miller pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted second-degree murder. These charges were from August 2001 when Miller had allegedly tried to shoot the owner and a bouncer at Club Raggs with a semi-automatic pistol. The report states that owner Norman Sparrow and bouncer Ronnie Williams had alleged that the rapper had tried to shoot them for not letting him in the club. Police had said that the pistol jammed.
His trial for the Thomas case began on August 2009. On August 5, 2009, the victim’s father said his son was a huge fan of the musician. A bouncer also testified against Miller and Miller’s associates were further accused of threatening witnesses. According to a 2009 Associated Press report, District Judge Hans Liljeberg gave Miller the mandatory life sentence, days after the rapper was found guilty by a Louisiana jury.
An XXL Mag report states that the case again came into focus in 2018 when the person who claimed to have witnessed C-Murder shoot the victim retracted his story. Soon, a second witness also retracted testimony. Despite the new evidence, a judge denied Miller's request for a retrial.
Twitter users expressed their opinions about this development. One said, "If Kim Kardashian gets C-Murder free from jail she’s forever good in my book."
If Kim Kardashian gets C-Murder free from jail she’s forever good in my book— Dusty Baker (@OgSwaggerdick) August 16, 2020
Another said, "Idk if Monica loves C-Murder in that way or not, but that has to feel good that someone is out here fighting for your freedom."
idk if Monica loves C-Murder in that way or not, but that has to feel good that someone is out here fighting for your freedom.— lisa 🌱 (@thebrwnhippie) August 16, 2020
Another said, "If Kim Kardashian can get C-Murder out of jail, we’re gonna get the Monica album we NEED!"
If Kim Kardashian can get C-Murder out of jail, we’re gonna get the Monica album we NEED!— Ray Cunningham ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 (@MissterRay) August 16, 2020
One stated, "If Kim gets C-Murder out of jail she officially gets a clean slate."
If Kim gets C-Murder out of jail she officially gets a clean slate 💯— IGZ (@igzrap) August 16, 2020
A message was also posted from Miller's official Instagram handle. It stated, "Thank you to everyone praying for me.. This system will strip of your aspirations and dreams but not Corey Miller... God has not forgotten me & I have now been joined by @kimkardashian @jessicajackson & @edyhaney to continue this Freedom Fight! My prayers are being answered in many ways! Kim you’re changing lives of those of us that have been forgotten! God Bless You Jessica & Erin #FreeCoreyMiller Raised by the Strong #MaxineMiller."