A key witness in the C-Murder (Corey Miller) murder case has recanted his testimony.
According to The Advocate, the witness, Kenneth Jordan, was one of only two key witnesses in the murder case against the New Orleans rapper, who is also the brother of No Limit Records founder, Master P(.
Jordan said in a sworn statement that Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office detectives pressured him to lie under oath, or else he would face a criminal charge.
"I know the individual that I saw shoot the gun was not Corey Miller," Jordan said in an affidavit filed June 23 in 24th Judicial District Court records, according to The Advocate.
On Tuesday (June 26), Miller's attorney Paul Barker filed a memorandum arguing that Jordan's affidavit warrants a new hearing and Miller's release.
Miller, 47, is serving a life sentence in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola after he was convicted in 2009 of the killing 16-year-old Steven Thomas in a Jefferson Parish nightclub in 2002. Miller was arrested for the killing six days after the shooting, and Miller's attorney says that without Jordan's testimony, there wouldn't have been a conviction.
"He was really their star witness at the second trial. Without him, him they don't get a conviction," said Barker, according to The Times-Picayune.
In the new affidavit, Jordan says he was arrested a year after Thomas' murder, in 2003, in connection with the death of his newborn daughter. The child's mother was later convicted of manslaughter in the baby's death, but she was only 16 at the time of conception—the age of consent in Louisiana is 17. Jordan alleges that detectives told him he faced a possible felony carnal knowledge charge with a 10-year sentence for having sex with her. Jordan, who was at the nightclub on the night of the shooting, says he was offered leniency if he implicated Miller in the murder of the 16-year-old.
"I was distraught and scared," Jordan said in the affidavit.
Jordan wasn't called to testify in Miller's first trial, which took place in 2003. The jury convicted the rapper of second-degree murder, however, the case was thrown out by a judge who said prosecutors had withheld information about witnesses in the case.
Jordan was called to testify in the new 2009 trial but says he was coerced to do so, even after telling detectives his initial 2003 statement wasn't factual. He says prosecutors told him it was too late to retract his statement because it was already in "black and white."
Back in February, Master P said that C-Murder was on a hunger strike, alleging that his Constitutional rights were "regularly violated" and that physical abuse had been a regular issue inside Angola Prison for years.
"Free Corey Miller! Thanks to all the fans that’s been praying for my brother," Master P wrote on Instagram. "He’s on a hunger strike in Angola. He’s been locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. Somebody has confessed, and they even have footage, that they don’t want to put in the case."
Jordan, along with the other key witness in the case, Kenneth Jordan (no relation), are both set to appear on the television show, Reasonable Doubt, to talk about the incident. The show is set to air tonight at 10 ET on Investigation Discovery.