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Kim Kardashian West and Monica Team to Fight For C-Murder's Freedom

Kim Kardashian West
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Kim Kardashian West arrives to attend the amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Feb. 6, 2019.

The rapper is serving a life sentence tied to a 2002 murder at a nightclub.

Kim Kardashian West and Monica have teamed up to urge officials to free rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller, who is currently serving a life sentence tied to a 2002 nightclub murder.

Kardashian, who has made prison reform one of her areas of focus over the past few years, tweeted on Sunday (Aug. 16) that Miller -- the brother of rapper Master P -- would not have been convicted of the crime if a jury was given the same evidence today.

"On January 18, 2002 a tragedy occurred when a young man was killed. The next day Corey Miller was arrested for the murder," she said in a series of tweets. "The jury convicted Corey 10-2 and he was sentenced him to life in prison. If his trial was today, the jury would have had to be unanimous for him to be convicted... Since his trial, witnesses have recanted, new evidence of his potential innocence has come to light, and there are claims of jurors being pressured into voting to convict."

Kardashian said that "true justice" for the victim, Steve Thomas, requires that the "actual" killer be held responsible and Miller be freed to return home to his children. She announced that she's teaming up with singer Monica -- was was dating Miller at the time of the incident -- in an attempt to free the rapper from the life sentence he's currently serving at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

The effort to free Miller by Kardashian and Monica got a thumbs up from another rapper who has turned prison reform into his main focus, Meek Mill. "#freecoreymiller off the rip!" Meek wrote on Monday.

Miller has long maintained his innocence and his legal team has said there were mistakes made during the investigation and the trial, according to WDSU-TV, which reported that two witnesses said in 2018 that Miller wasn't the shooter and they felt pressured to lie under oath to convict him.

Monica wrote that she and Miller are bonded by "truth, honesty & Loyalty! There's never been a promise broken & I vowed to seek help." She said that her decision to act now came after a tearful conversation with Lala Anthony, which led to a chat with Kardashian. "My heart goes out to the family of Steve Thomas," Kardashian tweeted. "I can only imagine how hard this is and my intention is never to open up this painful wound but to help find the truth behind this tragedy."

Kardashian has visited to White House to speak to Pres. Trump as part of her criminal justice work, and in 2018 first-time nonviolent drug offender Alice Marie Johnson had her sentence commuted and was freed from prison by the President after begin in prison since 1996 due to Kardashian's urging.

Check out Kardashian and Monica's posts below.