Why is C-Murder in jail? Rapper goes on hunger strike protest at Louisiana correctional center
C-Murder, also known by his real name, Corey Miller, is reportedly on a hunger strike to protest the living conditions at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, where is serving a life sentence. On August 5, the 50-year-old shared a post on his Instagram account that read, “To all my oppressed brothers, this 10/2 non-unanimous jury law is a direct violation of our civil & constitutional rights!!”
He added: “This is a racist Jim Crow law!! We must fight for ourselves !! This is our call of duty!! Over 1500 inmates are wrongfully incarcerated under the illegal 10/2 verdict!! We are presently kidnapped in Louisiana prisons!! I must take a stand.” It has been reported that prominent civil rights attorneys, Ben Crump and Ronald Haley Jr have now been retained to represent C-Murder.
About the new developments, Ben Crump Law, PLLC tweeted on August 6, “@AttorneyCrump has been retained by realtor Eric Brown, his client Roy Thorne & issued a statement about the incident. Wyoming Police Department wrongfully detained & handcuffed Brown & Thorne during a house showing.” The tweet also attached a statement that mentioned, “No one in the State of Louisiana is sentenced to contract COVID-19 nor die from it. There are far too many people who are unreasonably compromised due to existing medical conditions and older age who will suffer or die due to the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. There is no form of justice that should allow this level of neglect for the health and safety of those who are incarcerated.”
NEWS ALERT: @AttorneyCrump has been retained by realtor Eric Brown, his client Roy Thorne & issued a statement about the incident. Wyoming Police Department wrongfully detained & handcuffed Brown & Thorne during a house showing. pic.twitter.com/8EGB9pgkDG— Ben Crump Law, PLLC (@BenCrumpLaw) August 12, 2021
Besides, Boosie Badazz (Lil Boosie) has also pleaded with Vice President Kamala Harris to help his songwriter friend, who has been behind bars for years. A few days ago, he posted a video of himself on his Instagram page, where he said, “So…Kamala Harris, I’m asking you to help my friend C-Murder bro. As president, vice president…I feel like you and [Joe] Biden can do something about it.”
He continued, “This man is innocent. You know… he's completely innocent, and he was convicted because of, ya know, his rap name and the success of no-limit records,” before adding, “So, this goes out to Kamala Harris. I need you to look into this man and see this injustice and turn this around. This man got kids. It's almost 20 years of his life that's been taken away..you know. So I'm reaching out to Vice President Kamala Harris to look into the C-Murder situation bro.”
Why is C-Murder in jail?
C-Murder was awarded life sentence on August 14, 2009, for murdering a 16-year-old teen, named Steve Thomas, in 2002. According to reports, on January 12, 2002, when the victim — who was a fan of the rapper — got to know the ‘Trapped in Crime’ singer was performing in a show near him, he borrowed his older friend’s ID card and went to the Platinum Club in Harvey, Louisiana.
Reports said that Thomas, dressed as his idol, somehow got too close to C-Murder and as a result, his entourage of at least 15 people confronted the teenager. The confrontation reportedly ended in a harrowing fight. Eventually, a gunshot was heard and then Thomas was found bleeding out on the floor. The bullet had injured his heart. At the time, it was said that C-Murder had shouted, “Do you know who the f— I am?” while firing the shot.
The ‘Penitentiary Chances’ singer was then arrested on January 19, 2002, and on February 28 of the same year, he was indicted on the charges of murder. A year later, C-Murder was convicted of Thomas’ murder, and in August 2009, he was awarded life imprisonment without parole. Presently, he has been put behind bars at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Though in jail, he continues to release music. His latest song was ‘Don’t Wanna Trap No More’, which was released in January 2021.