GRETNA, La. – The rapper who once went by the stage name of C-Murder has been released from home confinement as he awaits a retrial on a second-degree murder charge.
Corey Miller's participation in a home-monitoring program was a burden on the Gretna Police Department, which runs the program in Jefferson Parish, State District Judge Martha Sassone said Thursday.
Miller, 35, had been under house arrest since March 20 after posting a $500,000 bond. He is charged in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy on Jan. 12, 2002, during a fight at a now-closed nightclub in Harvey.
A jury convicted Miller, who faced a mandatory life prison sentence without parole, but a judge tossed the conviction after ruling that prosecutors hid the criminal backgrounds of some state witnesses from the defense.
Since his legal problems began, Miller has changed his stage name to C Miller.
Under the judge's order, Miller can move freely in Jefferson and Orleans parishes, but must be home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. He is barred from drinking alcohol and going to bars, and visitors to his residence are restricted.
Prosecutors had asked to send Miller back to jail, saying he had violated terms of home confinement several times. Authorities said Miller moved out of range of monitoring equipment for long periods, a contention that the defense challenged.