The Times-Picayune reports that the lawyer for C-Murder, real name Corey Miller, has two new witnesses who say the rapper wasn’t involved in the 2002 shooting that left 16-year-old Steve Thomas dead.
According to C-Murder’s attorney, Rachel Conner, in addition to the two new witnesses, the witnesses who did take part in the trial “had been threatened by law enforcement, had serious potential criminal charges resolved and had to be arrested under material witness warrants in order to ensure their appearance.”
Among the two new witnesses is former San Antonio Spurs player Tim Bush. Bush, who was in high school at the time of the shooting, was reportedly afraid to come forward as a witness due to his promising basketball career.
“Mr. Bush has felt bad about not coming forward given that he knows Corey Miller did not shoot that young man,” Conner wrote, according to the Times-Picayune. “Given his sports career, he just did not want to get involved.”
The other issues Conner voiced her concern over were juror misconduct, the competency of one juror, and abuse of discretion by the trial judge.
Conner is currently seeking a new trial for C-Murder.
In 2009, following a second trial, C-Murder was convicted of second-degree murder. He’s serving a life sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.