In the end, the jurors took C-Murder's name literally. According to the Associated Press, the rapper and younger brother of No Limit label mogul Master P was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy during a dispute outside a Harvey, La., nightclub in January 2002. The crime carries an automatic life sentence.
Prosecutors described victim Steve Thomas as an aspiring rapper and a devoted fan of C-Murder who had the ''Life or Death'' rapper's posters in his bedroom, MTV News reports. Two prosecution witnesses testified that C-Murder (real name: Corey Miller) and five friends were beating Thomas when the rapper pulled a gun and shot him in the chest. Miller's defense attorney argued that only two people out of 150 at the club identified C-Murder as the killer. The defense produced nine witnesses who said he had nothing to do with Thomas' murder, though they gave conflicting descriptions of Miller's clothing and whereabouts at the time of the shooting.
''Now Steve can rest in peace,'' the victim's father, George Thomas, said after the reading of the verdict at the courthouse in Gretna, La. The defendant's father, Percy Miller Sr., said the family would appeal the verdict. ''My son didn't do that,'' he told AP.