Jury selection begins today (Sept. 8) in C-Murder's second-degree murder trial in Gretna, La.

Jury selection begins today (Sept. 8) in C-Murder's second-degree murder trial in Gretna, La. The charges against the rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, stem from the shooting death of a 16-year-old at a Jefferson Parish nightclub in January 2002.

C-Murder is also accused of bribing two Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputies to smuggle a cell phone into his lockup. Prosecutors says he used the phone to call friends and instruct them to harm or influence witnesses. The defense says there is no hard evidence that the rapper even used the phone.

The 30-year-old rapper was indicted in March 2002 in the shooting death of Steve Thomas after an argument at the Platinum Club in Jefferson Parish. Authorities say C-Murder was out on bail on an attempted murder charge in Baton Rouge when he allegedly pulled out a handgun at the Harvey club and allegedly killed Thomas with a gunshot to the chest.

C-Murder told deputies he was at the club that night but denied involvement in the shooting. Investigators say his reputation for violence made it difficult to get witnesses to testify about what they saw that night.

C-Murder is the younger brother of rap mogul Master P (real name: Percy Miller).


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