C-Murder Witness Recanted Testimony That Rapper Shot And Killed Teen in 2002
Kenneth Jordan claims detectives pressured him to lie under oath, or else he would face a 10-year sentence on unrelated criminal charges.
According to Billboard.com:
A key witness who identified rapper Corey "C-Murder" Miller as the shooter in a 2002 Louisiana nightclub killing has recanted his testimony, saying it was not actually Miller who he saw shoot a 16-year-old concertgoer.
According to Kenneth Jordan, in a sworn statement, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office detectives pressured him to lie under oath, or else he would face a criminal charge, The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Miller, 47, is the younger brother of Percy "Master P" Miller. He is serving a life sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after a jury voted 10-2 in 2009 to convict him of killing Steven Thomas.
Thomas was killed after sneaking into the Platinum Club in New Orleans. When he stepped off stage during a rap contest, he was attacked by a group of men and shot. Soon thereafter, Miller was arrested and charged with Thomas' death.
"I know the individual that I saw shoot the gun was not Corey Miller," said Jordan in an affidavit filed June 23 in 24th Judicial District Court records, The Advocatereports.
More than 100 people who were questioned at the nightclub after the incident told police they had not seen the shooting. Jordan had left the crime scene and was only questioned over a year later, after his newborn daughter was found dead. The baby's mother was later charged and convicted with manslaughter in the child's death, according to The Times-Picayune, but since the mother was only 16 when the baby was born the detectives allegedly used that to threaten Jordan with a 10-year-sentence if he did not testify against Miller. (The age of consent in Louisiana is 17.)
Jordan also reportedly recanted in a television episode of a true-crime series Reasonable Doubt that airs Wednesday on Investigation Discovery.
"I was distraught and scared," Jordan claims in the affidavit, according to The Advocate. "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."