Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish, La., on murder charges, was indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges in an unrelated case.
Rapper C-Murder, who is already awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish, La., on murder charges, was indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges in an unrelated case. The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller, is accused of shooting at a Baton Rouge club owner and patron on Aug. 14, 2001. He faces a 50-year prison sentence if convicted of the second-degree murder charges.
Baton Rouge prosecutors Jeff Traylor and Brenda O'Neal said they could not comment about the facts of the case or why it took three years to bring the case to a grand jury.
Miller's New Orleans attorney, Ronald Rakosky, said it normally takes prosecutors only a matter of weeks to get a case before a grand jury, not three years. He said East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors did nothing with Miller's case for years and only got "cranked up" after a state judge ordered a new trial for Miller in the Jefferson Parish case.
Miller's Baton Rouge attorney, Hillar Moore, could not be reached for comment.
According to the arrest warrant in the Baton Rouge case, Miller tried to enter a club but a security guard stopped him. The security guard told Miller he could not enter without being searched, the warrant says. Miller demanded to see the club's owner, who also told Miller he could not enter without the search. Miller was leaving when he grabbed a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband and allegedly attempted to shoot the club's owner, who had his back to Miller.
When the gun malfunctioned, Miller racked the gun and discharged a live round, the warrant says. Miller then pointed the gun at the security guard and attempted to fire it for a second time, but it malfunctioned again and he drove off. A security surveillance tape from Club Raggs has been obtained and corroborated eyewitnesses' accounts of the events.
Miller surrendered to police two days after the arrest warrant was issued. Another of Miller's attorneys, Roy Maughan Jr., said his client denies the allegations.
In September, a jury convicted Miller of second-degree murder in the killing of a 16-year-old inside a Jefferson Parish nightclub on Jan. 12, 2002. A state judge ordered that Miller receive a new trial because prosecutors withheld information about witnesses.
The judge also ordered that Miller be held without bail pending the new trial and because of the charges pending against him in East Baton Rouge from the Club Raggs incident.
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