A 2nd Witness In C-Murder’s Homicide Case Recants Testimony, Gives Surprising Details
It’s been a grueling 16 years for Master P.’s brother, Corey “C-Murder” Miller. The No Limit rapper has adamantly denied he shot and killed 16 year old Steven Thomas, on Jan. 12, 2002. The tragic incident occurred after Miller performed at a nightclub in Jefferson Parish, La.- a suburb of New Orleans. At that time, two key witnesses testified that they’d seen Miller pull the trigger. As a result, Miller was sentenced to life in prison for the tragedy and has spent nearly 9 years behind bars (since Aug. 11, 2009). But things have now taking a MAJOR turn…
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What The Second Witness Now Confesses
It wasn’t until 16 years later in June 2018, that the first key witness, Kenneth Jordan, recanted his story and came forward with the truth. Kenneth says he lied because New Orleans police officers pressured him to do so and threatened to send him to prison for an unrelated crime of his own. Well, as if that wasn’t already groundbreaking enough, the SECOND key witness, Darnell Jordan (no relation to Kenneth Jordan) has now officially recanted his story as well, confessing to lying on C-Murder!
Via Nola.com: Six days after a witness recanted testimony identifying rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller as the gunman in a 2002 Harvey nightclub homicide, the other witness from the trial signed an affidavit saying that he, too, lied when he named Miller as the shooter. Darnell Jordan, 36, testified in both of Miller’s second-degree murder trials. During the 2009 retrial, he told the court Miller killed Steve Thomas, 16, inside of the now-closed Platinum Club in Harvey where Jordan worked as a bouncer.
But Jordan now says he was scared of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives who “tricked” him into identifying Miller, the younger brother of New Orleans rap mogul Percy “Master P” Miller. “I am certain that Corey Miller did not shoot Steve Thomas,” Jordan said in a hand-written letter filed with the 24th Judicial District Court Monday (July 2).
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…
Tonight at 10: why a key witness, in the C-Murder trial, recanted his testimony and claimed police coerced him to say #CMurder shot and killed a teen in 2002. The DA’s office says they can’t comment. @wdsu pic.twitter.com/5y3tIbM6bd
— Christina Watkins (@CWatkinsWDSU) June 27, 2018
Darnell Jordan says the sheriff’s officers pulled some shady mess just before he was about to take the witness stand to lie on Miller. According to Jordan, he was pretty much giving notes about what to say on the stand.
Via Nola.com: Darnell Jordan accused detectives of coercing him into signing a photograph line-up that identified Miller as the suspect. “I was scared of them,” Darnell Jordan wrote in his affidavit.
During Miller’s first trial in 2003 – for which the conviction was later overturned — and the second trial, Darnell Jordan said he was arrested on a material witness bond and held in isolation at a hotel until he testified. He accused Sheriff’s Office Detective Donald Clogher of handing him a piece of paper with his “statement” regarding the shooting, according to court records.
C-Murder’s Attorney Speaks Out
Miller’s attorney, Paul Barker, explained why Darnell Jordan has now decided to come forth. “Once everything broke last week, Darnell Jordan, the only other alleged eyewitness put on by the state, came forward and said he wanted to break his silence,” said Barker.
On Monday (July 2), attorney Barker filed an amended memorandum, which now includes both Darnell’s and Kenneth’s recanted statements. He’s asking the court to throw out Miller’s conviction and grant him a new trial.
“Mr. Miller is indeed innocent of the murder for which he has been convicted, and it is high time that this illegal conviction and sentence be reversed and vacated,” Barker wrote.
At this point, it really does seem like some very suspect bullcrap has been going on all along with C-Murder’s case. From the jump, C-Murder, as well as many New Orleanians, have claimed he was not the killer. Only time will tell, regarding whatever the court decides though.
Continued condolences to the family of Steven Thomas.