Corey Miller was once a popular No-Limit rapper known as C-Murder (C-Murda). He’s been serving life sentence for killing a teenager at a Harvey nightclub back in 2002. Latest development in the case is, Corey Miller has been ordered by Jefferson Parish judge in Louisiana to pay $1.15 million to the slain teen’s family.
Background Story: In 2009, C-Murder was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a 16-year old teenager, Steve Thomas. The incident occurred in the Platinum Club when C-Murder’s jammed gun accidently rang off because of a brawl and stuck the teenager. The Jury at 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna found Millar guilty of second-degree murder and he was sentenced to life in prison.
The first verdict, in 2003, was thrown out after a judge ruled prosecutors withheld information about the criminal background of a witness.
In 2013, in the civil proceedings, Jefferson Parish Judge Glenn Ansardi of the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna found Corey Miller liable for the killing the teenager Steve Thomas and ordered him to pay $500,000 to each of the victim’s parents. He was also ordered to pay $150,000 on account of all the sufferings Steve Thomas had gone through for the period after being shot. In addition, the convict also had to bear the cost of the funeral worth $4,492.
Judge Ansardi granted victim’s parents, George Thomas and Delores Thomas, the full amount sought by Trey Mustian, their attorney. According to the attorney, Trey Mustian, the court’s order is more of a justification for their son than any monetary benefit. He said, “For my clients, it’s been a 15-year odyssey. They’ve been through a great deal, and it means a lot to us to bring some closure to this.”
On the other hand, C-Murder was not in the courtroom during the latest proceedings and verdict. He maintains his innocence from Louisiana State Prison at Angola.
It’s not obvious whether Thomas family will get all the money, or nothing whatsoever. Attorney Mustian reportedly told the media that the process could prove to be more difficult than what it looks.
In 2001, Miller was found liable in a different civil proceeding in Baton Rouge that stemmed from a botched nightclub shooting. C-Murder faced a lawsuit in which he was accused of attempting to shoot the owner and a bouncer of Club Raggs situated at Plank Road. And that only to have his gun ham. At that time, Miller pleaded no contest to attempted murder and was sentenced for 10-year imprisonment.
The plaintiffs of that case had asked the judge to seize Miller’s earnings. Attorney Mustian referred to the same route. He said, “That’s the route that we would have to go. We would have to try to seize Miller’s earnings, and I’m certainly going to make an effort to do that.”
C-Murder has released four albums since imprisonment in 2009. His most recent album, “Penitentiary Chances” was released in April 2016. He also made a music video for the song “Dear Supreme Court” that was about requesting the state’s high court to set him free.