Judge rules rapper is civilly liable for teenager's death.
(Photo: Courtesy Baton Rouge Police Department)
A judge has finally delivered a ruling in the wrongful death suit brought against Corey "C-Murder" Miller, reports NOLA.com. Miller, 42, is serving a life sentence, convicted of second degree murder for shooting and killing 16-year-old Steve Thomas in 2002. Judge Glenn Ansardi ruled Tuesday (July 16) that he is also civilly liable.
The ruling was expected as Miller's attorney, Roy Maughan, Jr., did not challenge liability.
"A judgment against him in this proceeding is of little consequence to him," Maughan said. "What can you take from a man who has lost his liberty? … There's no money to be taken."
A court date has yet to be set for the civil trial, wherein it will be decided how much, if any at all, Miller must pay to Thomas's parents.
Miller was convicted twice of murder. The 2003 conviction was tossed out after discovery that the prosecution withheld criminal background information on key eyewitnesses from Miller's attorney. Prosecutors denied such wrongdoing and retried Miller. He was convicted the second time in 2009 in a 10-2 vote.
To this day, Miller maintains his innocence and has taken his appeals all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear his argument against the constitutionality of non-unanimous jury verdicts.
Maughan assures that this latest step, not challenging his civil liability, is in no way an admission of guilt.
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