Jury out in Corey Miller murder trial
Published 11/08/2009 | 04:54
US Jurors decided to call it a night after nine hours of deliberations without reaching a verdict in the second-degree murder trial of rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller.
The panel, which was sequestered overnight in Gretna, Louisiana, was to return today to resume discussions.
Lawyers for Miller said in closing arguments that testimony by two prosecution witnesses wasn't strong enough to overcome the lack of physical evidence linking the entertainer to the killing of a teenage fan.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, painted Miller as a thug who shot the 16-year-old who regarded him as a hero during a brawl in a Harvey, Louisiana, nightclub in 2002.
Once the arguments had wrapped up, jurors began deliberating on whether Miller is guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Steve Thomas, but soon indicated they were having trouble reaching a consensus. At least 10 of the 12 jurors must agree on a verdict.
After 3 1/2 hours, the panel of seven women and five men sent a note to state District Judge Hans Liljeberg saying: "We have a vote and can't go forward. No one will change their vote. How do we proceed?" The judge told them to continue deliberating.
The 38-year-old Miller would face a mandatory life term if convicted of second-degree murder.
The jury could also find him guilty of manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.