The main witness in Corey “C-Murder” Miller’s 2009 second-degree murder conviction now swears that prosecutors and cops pressured him to falsely testify against the No Limit rapper.
Now serving a life sentence at Angola Correctional Facility, one of the toughest prisons in the country, C-Murder was a star on his brother Percy “Master P” Miller’s groundbreaking record label when he appeared at Platinum C nightclub on Jan. 12, 2002. After the rapper performed, authorities alleged that C-Murder killed a teenager in the audience, the Times-Picayune reports.
On the night of his murder, 16-year-old Steven Thomas used someone else’s identification to gain entrance to the club. After an altercation there, Steven was shot and killed. Police arrested Miller for the killing six days later, which did not make him say, “Ugh, na na na na.”
After a jury found him guilty, a judge threw out C-Murder’s conviction for second-degree murder because prosecutors allegedly withheld evidence. In Miller’s second trial, the prosecutors got the hookup and presented a new witness: Kenneth Jordan.
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Now 35-year-old Kenneth Jordan says it was all a setup.
In 2003, Jordan was arrested for the death of his infant child. Jordan now claims that—even though the mother of Jordan’s child was eventually convicted—investigators threatened to convict him of carnal knowledge of a minor unless he testified that he witnessed Miller killing Steven. The mother of Jordan’s child was 16. The age of consent in Louisiana is 17.
Jordan provided a statement fingering Miller that wasn’t used in the first trial. But after the conviction was tossed, the cops decided to use the “His name is actually C-Murder” strategy, hunted Jordan down for the 2009 trial and put him on the stand. Jordan says he told prosecutors that his 2003 statement wasn’t true, but he says they told him that it was already “in black and white,” said Paul Barker, the attorney representing C-Murder.
Instead of telling the authorities that he was “bout it, bout it,” Jordan testified that he did see C-Murder murder Steven at the nightclub, leading to Miller’s second conviction.
Miller was sentenced to life in prison although he continued to assert that he was innocent of the crime, repeatedly telling prosecutors, “It ain’t my fault.” But the jury believed Jordan.
“I know that the individual who I saw shoot the gun was not Corey Miller,” Jordan said in a recently filed affidavit, recanting his testimony.
When asked, “How you do dat?” the sheriff’s officer and district attorney would not comment on the case, but after requesting a new trial, Barker said, “He was really their star witness at the second trial. Without him, they don’t get a conviction.”
The judge presiding over the case can choose to throw out the conviction and order a new trial, order a hearing or deny the request. Meanwhile, neither Miller nor his attorney asked the judge, “Whatcha gon’ do? Whatcha, whatcha gon’ do?”