Kim Kardashian Joins Fight to Free C-Murder From Prison
Kim Kardashian is now focusing her prison reform efforts on helping free New Orleans rapper C-Murder.
C-Murder, the brother of Master P, is currently serving a life sentence for the 2002 killing of 16-year-old Steve Thomas. However, the rapper has maintained his innocence and his supporters have argued that multiple missteps occurred during the investigation and his trial. Now, Kim K. says she is stepping in to assist the No Limit artist, born Corey Miller, declaring her intentions on Twitter on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 16).
"On January 18, 2002 a tragedy occurred when a young man was killed. The next day Corey Miller was arrested for the murder," she began 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," Kim added. "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."
Kim got the idea to lend her influence to the cause from R&B singer, Monica, who dated C-Murder in the early 2000s. The Atlanta native opened up about the situation on Instagram. "@cmurder & I are bonded by truth, honesty & Loyalty ! There’s never been a promise broken & I vowed to seek help!" Monica wrote in a lengthy caption of a series of photos of herself and Miller. "After a tearful conversation with @lala she and I spoke to @kimkardashian & I explained why I KNEW Corey was innocent... I shared that There are lots of issues in Corey’s case that speak to his innocence including witnesses recanting their testimony, dna not matching & a 10-2 jury!"
She continued, "Corey deserves to come home to his girls and be the father they need, be the artist & leader he’s always been as well as spread hope to those who have also experienced this. I’ve locked arms with @kimkardashian, @jessicajackson, @edyhaney and all those who believe in Corey and are ready to fight to #FreeCoreyMiller #FreeCoreyMiller #FreeCoreyMiller."
C-Murder was accused of shooting 16-year-old Steve Thomas at Platinum Club in Harvey, La. on Jan. 12, 2002. Witnesses claimed the rapper and Thomas got into an argument at the time, which led to C-Murder allegedly pulling out a handgun. He was accused of shooting Thomas at close range. Thomas later died from a gunshot wound.
The rapper's case has been the subject of scrutiny since early on. He was convicted of second-degree murder in 2009, and his attempts at an appeal have been denied. As Kim noted, a break in the case came in 2018, when the person who claimed he witnessed C-Murder shoot the victim recanted his story. A short time later, a second witness also recanted testimony, identifying C-Murder as the shooter. Despite the new evidence, a judge denied Miller's request for a retrial.
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