BATON ROUGE, La. – Rapper C-Murder (search), who is awaiting trial in Jefferson Parish on murder charges, has been indicted by a Baton Rouge grand jury on attempted second-degree murder charges in an unrelated case.
The rapper, whose real name is Corey Miller (search), is accused of shooting at a Baton Rouge club owner and patron on Aug. 14, 2001. He faces a 50-year prison sentence if convicted of the second-degree murder charge.
Baton Rouge prosecutors Jeff Traylor and Brenda O'Neal said they couldn't comment about why it took three years to bring the case to a grand jury.
Miller's New Orleans lawyer, Ronald Rakosky, said it usually takes prosecutors only a matter of weeks to get a case before a grand jury. He said East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors did nothing with Miller's case for years and only got "cranked up" after a state judge ordered a new trial for Miller in the Jefferson Parish case.
Miller's Baton Rouge lawyer, Hillar Moore, couldn't be reached for comment last week, but another of Miller's lawyers, Roy Maughan Jr., said his client denies the allegations.
In September, a jury convicted Miller of second-degree murder in the killing of a 16-year-old at a Jefferson Parish nightclub on Jan. 12, 2002. A state judge ordered that Miller receive a new trial because prosecutors withheld information about witnesses.