The star of Keeping Up With The Kardashians revealed in 2020 that she would be working with Master P and other individuals to attempt and liberate C-Murder, who has been behind bars for 21 years after being found guilty of the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas outside a Louisiana nightclub.
Kim K finally provided an update on the case on Thursday (August 3), noting that the two men who were coerced into testifying against C-Murder have since retracted their statements, claiming they are false. As a result, there is no direct evidence connecting C-Murder (real name Corey Miller) to the crime.
There is no evidence left that even remotely implies that Corey Miller is any more responsible than the several clubgoers who were present on January 12, 2002, when Steve Thomas was tragically shot, stated Kim K. The local sheriff's office concentrated on building a case against Mr. Miller rather than looking for the actual criminal.
After Mr. Miller was found guilty in 2003, the trial court was forced to give him a new trial because the lead detective had pressured numerous witnesses and handled the case improperly to such an extent.
"In 2009, four months before Mr. Miller's second trial, his counsel attempted to resign and stated he hadn't received payment in years, the speaker added. The new court disallowed counsel's withdrawal, so Mr. Miller was forced to go through a second trial with a lawyer who made no attempt to bring witnesses who would be beneficial to him.
The State's evidence was sparse, consisting only of the now-retracted statements made by Darnell and Kenneth Jordan, and trial counsel played the audio of the five defense witnesses who testified at the first trial that Mr. Miller was not the shooter instead of calling them.
"Even in the absence of a strong defense, the jury considered for more than 24 hours and found clear flaws in the State's case. After spending the night in seclusion, the jury sought to reach a 10-2 decision, with one member claiming she could only vote guilty "under duress." The juror altered her vote from "guilty under duress" to "guilty" after the court sent the jury back to deliberate.
The day following the verdict, the same juror stated in a statement to the neighborhood newspaper that she did not think the State had established Mr. Miller's guilt but had nonetheless chosen to vote guilty to terminate the trial. The Supreme Court later ruled that Mr. Miller's conviction on a 10-2 vote violated his Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial while not being applied retrospectively.
Kardashian continued by stating that Louisiana, where C-Murder is detained, just passed a new law allowing anyone who were wrongfully convicted to file a "post-conviction claim of factual innocence." C-Murder did just that, according to the SKIMS billionaire, but was "denied relief without even so much as an evidentiary hearing."
There is practically no proof left against Mr. Miller because the only witnesses have utterly renounced their statements, she added. "Corey Miller deserves a day in court to demonstrate his innocence and examine the truthfulness of the renounced statements."
Then, Kardashian urged her followers to retweet her tweet if they believed "that Corey Miller deserves his day in court," adding, "While I strongly believe in Corey's innocence, my heart goes out to the victims- and I pray for their healing and the closure that they deserve."
It was revealed back in May that lawyer Ben Crump and the NAACP would also be participating in a new campaign for C-Murder's release.
"The NAACP Louisiana State Conference is pleased to announce that Eugene Collins, President of the NAACP Baton Rouge Branch, will be taking on a special assignment and working with the defense team for Corey Miller to argue for his innocence. According to a statement at the time, President Collins will collaborate with Ms. Kasandra Washington of FFO Investigations.
The Louisiana prison system has been quite difficult for C-Murder, who disclosed in March that he was on a hunger strike in protest of the "inhumane" circumstances and health requirements he had to face.
He stated, in part, that "a quick strategic move is imperative, NOW MORE THAN EVER," because "my health has significantly declined due to the prison system's inhumane conditions and I am not getting proper medical treatment." "This has really taken a toll on me, but I'm not giving up. Please join me in standing.