The attorney for incarcerated rapper C-Murder is taking another step to contest his 2009 murder conviction.
C-Murder -- born Corey Miller -- is serving a life sentence for the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a Louisiana nightclub. The Times-Picayune of New Orleans says his lawyer, Rachel Conner, has submitted a post-conviction relief application in Gretna, Louisiana's 24th Judicial District Court with the hope of getting the rapper a new trial.
Conner contends that Miller didn't get a fair trial. She points to divisions among jury members and pressure by the judge to reach a verdict as reasons why C-Murder was unfairly convicted. If a judge grants Miller a hearing, Conner will be able to submit evidence supporting her claims.
C-Murder was originally convicted in 2003, but that ruling was eventually overturned. In 2009, a second jury voted ten-to-two to convict him. While Louisiana law allows juries to convict without a unanimous vote, C-Murder appealed his conviction on grounds that the ten-to-two vote was unconstitutional.
Last year, the conviction became final when the U.S. Supreme Court rejected his appeal.