Kim Kardashian joins fight to free New Orleans rapper Corey ‘C-Murder’ Miller

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) – Kim Kardashian West is now focusing her prison reform efforts on helping free New Orleans rapper, Corey “C-Murder” Miller.

Miller is the brother of media mogul Percy “Master P” Miller and rapper Silkk Tha Shocker. He is currently serving a life sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. A jury voted 10-2 on Aug. 11, 2009, to convict him in the death of Steve Thomas. The killing happened in 2002 at a Harvey nightclub.

However, for years now, Miller and his team maintained his innocence, and also argued missteps occurred during the investigation and his trial.

Now, Kim K. says she’s stepping in to help.

She tweeted Sunday afternoon saying, “On January 18, 2002 a tragedy occurred when a young man was killed. The next day Corey Miller was arrested for the murder,” she started in a series of tweets. “The jury convicted Corey 10-2 and he was sentenced him to life in prison. If his trial was today, the jury would have had to be unanimous for him to be convicted…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…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. Today I’m teaming up with @MonicaDenise, @JessicaJackson and @EdyHaney to #FreeCoreyMiller. 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.

In 2018, two key witnesses in Miller’s trial recanted their testimonies. In June 2018, in a sworn affidavit Kenneth Jordan said, “I know the individual that I saw shoot the gun was not Corey Miller.” Jordan claimed detectives pressured him to lie under oath, or else he would face a 10-year sentence on unrelated criminal charges.

The next day, in a WDSU News exclusive, Miller said, “I’m not gonna lie. These last 16 years have been a definite struggle. I’ve been snatched away from my family, separated from my kids, from my career, everything. And I just want it back. My heart hasn’t smiled since I’ve been locked up for 16 years, and I just want them to know that my heart is smiling.”

Day later in the beginning of July 2018, a second key witness in Miller’s case claims the rapper did not shoot and kill Thomas in 2002, according to a sworn affidavit.

The second key witness, Darnell Jordan, claims he also felt pressured to lie and name Miller the shooter.

His sworn affidavit said, “C-Murder didn’t do this…I just want to tell the truth & clear my name.”

Despite the new evidence, a judge denied a retrial for Miller in January 2019.

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