'Free Corey Miller': Kim Kardashian West calls for the release of incarcerated rapper C-Murder

The American rapper is currently serving life in prison for murder, but maintains his innocence

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Kim Kardashian West has joined the campaign for the release of US rapper Corey Miller, best known as C-Murder.

As part of her ongoing mission to help provide aid to those behind bars, with a particular focus on mass incarceration in America, Kardashian West has spoken out about 49-year-old Miller's incarceration.

In January 2002, 16-year-old Steve Thomas was shot and killed at a New Orleans nightclub. In 2009, Miller was convicted of murder and sentenced to a mandatory life imprisonment. He has maintained his innocence since.

At the time, Miller was dating singer and actress Monica, who continued to campaign for his release.

"Since his trial, witnesses have recanted, new evidence of his potential innocence has come to light and there are claims of jurors being pressured into voting to convict," Kardashian West tweeted of Miller.

"True justice for the young man requires that the person who actually killed him be held responsible and that Corey Miller he returned home to his kids," she wrote. "My heart goes out to the family of Steve Thomas. I can only imagine how hard this is and my intention is never to open up this painful wound but to help find the truth behind this tragedy."

Kardashian West revealed that she was reading law in April 2019. She aims to pass the bar exam in 2022.

Monica has also written about working with Kardashian West on Instagram, sharing a photo of herself with Miller.

"C-Murder and I are bonded by truth, honesty and loyalty! There’s never been a promise broken and I vowed to seek help," she wrote.

"After a tearful conversation with [La La Anthony], I spoke to Kim Kardashian and I explained why I knew Corey was innocent ... I shared that there are lots of issues in Corey’s case that speak to his innocence including witnesses recanting their testimony, DNA not matching and a 10-2 jury!"

Of the jury's conviction, Kardashian West explained on Twitter: "The jury convicted Corey 10-2 and he was sentenced him to life in prison. If his trial was today, the jury would have had to be unanimous for him to be convicted."