Louisiana’s 5th Circuit Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Dec. 28) upheld a murder conviction and life sentence for former No Limit Records artist C-Murder (real name Corey Miller), reports nola.com. The decision stems from Mr. Miller’s argument that he was denied a fair trial in his 2002 murder case.

Miller was on trial in 2009 for the shooting death of a 16-year-old club patron during an argument at a New Orleans nightclub in 2002. A jury convicted Miller of second-degree murder and a judge sentenced him to life with no parole. Miller appealed the verdict claiming the judge allowed the jury to hear “prejudicial and unsubstantiated” testimony and accused prosecutors of making improper statements during closing arguments.

A three-judge panel denied Miller’s claims, and upheld his conviction and life sentence. “Our review of the record reveals that some of the closing argument complained of consists of the prosecutor simply repeating evidence that was found admissible, but complained of by the defendant,” Judge Walter Rothschild wrote. “There is no indication in the record that the prosecutor’s remarks so inflamed the jury that it influenced the verdict.”

C-Murder’s discography includes eight solo albums on No Limit Records and several LPs with TRU, the rap trio of him and brothers Master P and Silkk the Shocker. His most recent album, 2010’s ‘Tomorrow,’ was released independently on his own TRU Records imprint while he was incarcerated. In 2007, he became an author and wrote his first novel, ‘Death Around the Corner,’ which was published through Kensington Books.

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