Rapper C-Murder was found guilty of second-degree murder on Tuesday (August 11) by a Louisiana jury. However, a judge ruled the verdict as invalid, and send them back for further deliberations.
According to the Associated Press, the jury went out with instructions from Judge Hans Liljeberg on Monday at 11:20 a.m. and returned almost 24 hours later with the verdict after spending Monday night sequestered in a motel.
He asked jurors to go over the decision again, asking the single juror to consider whether her vote was in good faith. When the re-vote came back, it was 10-2 for the guilty verdict.
It was enough for a second-degree murder conviction. But, the judge said he believed one juror may have changed his or her vote only for the purposes of ending the deliberations.
That made the vote invalid, and sent them back for further deliberations.
“I don’t think I pressured them at all,” Liljeberg told Nola.com, referring to the jury. “If they hang, they hang,” he said, referring to a “hung,” or deadlocked, jury.
If convicted of the second-degree murder charge, the 38-year-old rapper (real name: Corey Miller) would face life in prison.
He is accused of killing 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a nightclub in 2002.