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Rapper C-Murder granted new trial

Miller was convicted of shooting a teenager to death inside a night club.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rapper C-Murder, convicted last year of shooting a teenager to death inside a night club, has been granted a new trial.

A judge ruled Tuesday that the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, deserves a new trial because prosecutors withheld key information about witnesses they called to implicate him, defense lawyer Ron Rakosky said.

State District Judge Martha Sassone scheduled a hearing Monday to determine whether the rapper should be released on bail, Rakosky said.

Prosecutors have said they would appeal any decision granting a new trial.

Miller, 32, was convicted in September of second-degree murder in the killing of Steve Thomas, 16, in the now-defunct Platinum Club in Harvey in 2002. He faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.

In court papers, Rakosky argued that prosecutors failed to tell the defense that key prosecution witnesses had minor criminal records and that the witnesses were given special consideration in exchange for their testimony.

The rapper is the younger brother of rap star Percy Miller, who goes by the name Master P.

C-Murder’s first recordings came in a trio called TRU, which had a 1995 hit “I’m Bout It, Bout It.” His first solo record, 1998’s “Life Or Death,” sold nearly 1 million copies, but sales sank for the four albums that followed.