By William E. Ketchum III
This week a Louisiana appeals court upheld a 2009 life sentence for former No Limit Records emcee C-Murder. In 2002, C-Murder, (born Chris Miller) was accused of second-degree murder for the death of a 16-year-old fan at a nightclub in Jefferson Parish, La. Once the trial actually began, years later, a deadlocked jury was urged to come up with a sentence by the judge presiding over the case. The jury returned with a 10-2 guilty verdict, and the judge sentenced Miller to a mandatory life sentence.
Miller appealed the verdict on claims that he had been denied a fair trial. His defense was that the judge allowed “prejudicial and unsubstantiated” testimony from jurors, which consisted of accusations that he threatened witnesses. He also accused prosecutors of eliminating black people from the jury, and attested that the judge should have declared a mistrial when the jury initially stated that it couldn’t reach a verdict.
A three-judge appeals court panel disagreed with Miller’s claims, and upheld the conviction and Miller’s life sentence this week.
C-Murder’s rap career includes eight solo albums and several albums with TRU, the trio of him and brothers Master P and Silkk The Shocker. His 1998 disc Life or Death achieved platinum sales and its follow-up Bossalinie went Gold. His most recent album, 2010’s Tomorrow, was released under his own TRU Records while he was in prison.