New Orleans, LA – New Orleans native and Master P’s brother C-Murder has reportedly didn’t persuade a decide to throw out his 2002 homicide conviction or retry the case.
According to The New Orleans Advocate, Judge Steven Enright of 24th Judicial District Court made the choice on Wednesday (January 23) after figuring out the recantations of two witnesses within the case weren’t credible.
C-Murder — who was convicted in 2009 of fatally taking pictures 16-year-old Steven Thomas at a nightclub in 2002 — didn’t meet the burden of proof for post-conviction reduction. Attorney Paul Barker argued C-Murder’s conviction needs to be tossed out, or on the very least, he needs to be granted a brand new listening to to argue the matter in court docket.
Despite Barker’s greatest efforts, Enright wrote the recantations of earlier testimony “are extremely suspicious” and besides in uncommon circumstances “a brand new trial shouldn’t be granted on the premise of a recantation as a result of it’s tantamount to perjury in order to discredit the witness at a later trial.”
Talk of C-Murder’s excessive profile case began up once more final June when the true-crime tv collection Reasonable Doubt did an episode on it. During the present, two witnesses supplied interviews however in the end modified their tales regardless that they filed sworn affidavits on behalf of the incarcerated rapper.
Kenneth Jordan stated he wasn’t being truthful when he informed police he noticed C-Murder stand over Thomas throughout a battle on the Platinum Club and hearth a single shot into his chest. He stated investigators threatened to cost him with killing his toddler son — whose dying was beneath investigation on the time — if he didn’t determine C-Murder because the triggerman. Investigators refuted this declare.
In his affidavit, Kenneth Jordan claimed he noticed one other man with a darkish complexion in a hoodie shoot Thomas.
Security guard Darnell Jordan — the second witness — informed Reasonable Doubt he by no means noticed a gun in C-Murder’s waistband in the course of the battle and stated he’d been “tricked” into testifying towards C-Murder.
Enright wrote Darnell Jordan had informed a detective on the night time of the taking pictures he noticed C-Murder shoot Thomas and solely started altering his story in subsequent interviews with investigators. When it got here time to testify, Jordan recalled his preliminary account and admitted he’d been afraid one in all C-Murder’s mates would “attempt to damage him” if he informed the reality.
“This testimony goes towards petitioner’s declare that Darnell Jordan was tricked into testifying as he did,” Enright wrote.
It’s unclear if Barker will attraction. For now, C-Murder stays behind bars at Angola Prison the place he’s serving a life sentence. He was additionally ordered to pay the sufferer’s household $1.15 million.