It’s been nine years since C-Murder was accused of killing a teenager in Harvey, La. back in 2002, and now one of the two witnesses has recanted his statements.
On Tuesday (June 26), The New Orleans Advocate reported that Kenneth Jordan claimed detectives of the Jefferson Parish Office forced him to say Corey Miller (C-Murder) was responsible for shooting a 16-year-old boy in 2003.
In the affidavit, Jordan states, “I know that the individual who I saw shoot the gun was not Corey Miller.” Police questioned Jordan back in 2003, a year after the incident. During that time, Jordan was already dealing with his own issues. He suffered the loss of his newborn baby and his wife had just been convicted and charged for the infant’s murder. Authorities told Jordan if he didn’t go along with their instructions, he too would face charges for the child’s murder.
“JPSO officers told me that if I testified against Corey Miller I could ‘go home’; they told me what to say; they fed me facts about the fight and details about the DJ and the dance party, none of which I really knew,” he said.
The night of the club shooting, Miller, and several others allegedly got into a fight with the teen, Steve Thomas. In the midst of the scuffle, a man wearing a hoodie stood up and fatally shot Thomas. Miller was convicted and charged with Thomas’ murder in 2003 and went on to be found guilty of second-degree murder after a retrial in 2009.
With this new evidence, Miller’s lawyer is petitioning the 24th District Court to hear Jordan’s statements with hopes that Miller will be released. In addition, he’s also filed an “actual innocence” claim which would order the judge to declare that because Jordan recanted his identification, it serves as sufficient evidence that prosecution doesn’t have a case against Miller.