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Incarcerated rapper C-Murder will have to wait to see if he will be able to appeal a 2009 murder conviction.
The rapper’s appeal was one of several major cases for the U.S. Supreme Court to review this week, but it was not on the docket for unknown reasons.
According to the Times-Picayune, no explanation was given for the delay, but it could be for several reasons, as Justices of the Supreme Court could have had asked for more time to consider the appeal.
C-Murder, born Corey Miller, was given a mandatory life sentence in Angola prison, after he was convicted of the 2002 death of 16-year-old Steven Thomas.
Thomas was shot to death inside of a now defunct, Harvey nightclub during a dispute.
Although witnesses placed C-Murder inside of the club, none were actually able to identify him as the person actually firing a weapon.
Defense witnesses have long claimed that another man, who is now deceased, was the person inside of the club that was responsible for shooting Thomas.
C-Murder has been convicted of the crime twice already.
In the first trial in 2003, the rapper was convicted, but that was overturned on appeal, when it was learned prosecutors expunged the criminal records of their witnesses.
During the 2009 trial, 10 of the 12 jurors found C-Murder guilty of Thomas’ death.
But as jurors were deliberating, one woman claimed that he was placed under undue stress to reach a verdict. Other jurors accused another member of the jury of sleeping and reading the Bible during the deliberations.
Shortly after the case, the woman spoke to the media about the pressure she was under to make her decision.
The juror, Mary Jacob, told reporters shortly after the guilty verdict that she voted, because a Nother, younger insurer had become ill during the deliberations, since she believed see murder was innocent.
“They literally made this 20-year-old girl so violently ill,” Mary Jacob said. “She was shaking so bad. She ran into the bathroom. She was throwing her guts up. She couldn’t function anymore. That’s when I decided, the judge don’t want to listen to me, doesn’t want to listen to us? I told them, ‘You want him to be guilty? He’s guilty, now let’s get the hell out of here.”’
According to the Times-Picayune, the high Supreme Court approves less than 2% of the appeals that are filed annually.