A judge's decision to grant a new murder trial to rapper C-Murder has been overturned by the Louisiana state appeals court. The ruling sets the stage for a sentencing hearing for the rapper, whose rea

A judge's decision to grant a new murder trial to rapper C-Murder has been overturned by the Louisiana state appeals court. The ruling sets the stage for a sentencing hearing for the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. said.

Miller, who faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole for second-degree murder, may still appeal, said defense attorney Ron Rakosky. The rapper was convicted in 2003 of shooting 16-year-old Steve Thomas to death at a nightclub in Harvey, a New Orleans suburb.

State District Judge Martha Sassone ordered a new trial in April, saying prosecutors withheld information that some of their key witnesses had criminal records, but two of the three judges on a panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in Gretna, La., disagreed.

Even without the testimony of the witnesses, "there was an abundance of other evidence which fully established Miller's guilt," Judges Sol Gothard and Clarence McManus wrote. Dissenting Judge Thomas Daley said the appeals court should rely on the judgment of the trial judge.

Last month, it was revealed that Miller, 34, had recorded parts of a new music video and album in the Jefferson Parish jail, where he is being held. Sheriff Harry Lee said the taping had been done without his permission.

As previously reported, Koch will release the new album, "The Truest S*** I Ever Said," on March 22.


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