Kim Kardashian is advocating for the release of rapper Corey “C-Murder” Miller, who is currently serving a life sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for second-degree murder.
Sunday on Twitter, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star announced she is teaming up with lawyers Jessica Jackson and Erin Haney to overturn the rapper’s conviction after a jury found him guilty in August 2009 for the January 2002 beating and shooting of 16-year-old fan Steve Thomas at a Louisiana nightclub.
The three are also joined by singer Monica, Miller’s ex-girlfriend.
“#FreeCoreyMiller,” Kardashian began her message. “On January 18, 2002 a tragedy occurred when a young man was killed. The next day Corey Miller was arrested for the murder. The jury convicted Corey 10-2 and he was sentenced 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,” she wrote.
“True justice for the young man requires that the person who actually killed him be held responsible and that Corey Miller he returned home to his kids,” she added.
According to CNN affiliate WDSU-TV in 2018, key witness Kenneth Jordan recanted his testimony against Miller and claimed detectives pressured him to lie under oath or else he would face a 10-year sentence on unrelated criminal charges.
“I know the individual that I saw shoot the gun was not Corey Miller,” Kenneth said in a sworn affidavit.
The outlet reports that days later, another key witness, Darnell Jordan, said in a sworn affidavit that Miller did not shoot and kill Thomas in 2002. Darnell claimed he also felt pressured to lie against Miller.
“C-Murder didn’t do this... I just want to tell the truth and clear my name,” Darnell said.
Despite this, WDSU-TV reports that in January 2019, a judge denied a retrial for Miller.
In her message, Kardashian offered her condolences to Thomas and his loved ones.
“My heart goes out to the family of Steve Thomas,” she wrote. “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.”
Sunday on Instagram, Monica shared pictures of her and Miller, writing, “Corey deserves to come home to his girls and be the father they need, be the artist & leader he’s always been as well as spread hope to those who have also experienced this.”
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@cmurder & I are bonded by truth, honesty & Loyalty ! There’s never been a promise broken & I vowed to seek help! After a tearful conversation with @lala she and I spoke to @kimkardashian & I explained why I KNEW Corey was innocent... I shared that There are lots of issues in Corey’s case that speak to his innocence including witnesses recanting their testimony, dna not matching & a 10-2 jury! Corey deserves to come home to his girls and be the father they need, be the artist & leader he’s always been as well as spread hope to those who have also experienced this.. I’ve locked arms with @kimkardashian, @jessicajackson, @edyhaney and all those who believe in Corey and are ready to fight to #FreeCoreyMiller #FreeCoreyMiller #FreeCoreyMiller
That day on his own IG account, Miller shared a touching picture of him and his daughters in which he apologized for his absence.
“19 years has been hard on us all but I’m honored to be your father! You have never left me & I am proud of the women you have become!” he wrote.
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My Girls My WORLD @alexischelsea @co.miller & @chanellemill I fight daily for you! I’m sorry I haven’t been there. 19 years has been hard on us all but I’m honored to be your father ! You have never left me & I am proud of the women you have become ! Im thankful to your mother for making sure you knew me, loved me & respected me! She was told y’all shouldn’t see me & be here for me but she made sure you were ! Chels you bossed up handling business,Co my Red baby living your dream & My songbird Cha you are My reason
Throughout his legal journey, Miller, who is the brother of Master P, has maintained his innocence.