The long-delayed second murder trial of Corey Miller, who gained fame as the rapper C-Murder, was set to begin on Monday.

Miller, 38, the brother of rapper Master P, is charged with second-degree murder and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of killing Steve Thomas, 16, during a brawl in a Harvey nightclub in 2002.

Miller was convicted in 2003, but the judge granted him a new trial after finding that prosecutors improperly kept the defense from seeing criminal background information on three witnesses. The state Supreme Court upheld that ruling in 2006.

Miller, who spent most of his time since the last trial on house arrest, has been in the East Baton Rouge Parish jail since he pleaded no contest in May to two counts of attempted second-degree murder in a 2001 incident in a nightclub there.

Last month, Judge Hans Liljeberg of the 24th Judicial District Court rejected the prosecutors' request for a postponement to investigate a new claim made by a friend of the Millers' that he killed Thomas.

Miller's attorney claimed that Juan Flowers, who is serving a life sentence in a Georgia prison, killed Steve Thomas on Jan. 12, 2002.

Flowers originally said that neither he nor Miller killed Thomas.

Assistant District Attorneys David Wolff and Shannon Swaim wanted more time to look into why Flowers changed his story and whether obstruction of justice or witness tampering was involved. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal denied an appeal of Liljeberg's ruling.

Flowers, 38, a transplanted New Orleanian, began serving a life sentence last year for a murder in Atlanta in March 2007. Liljeberg has granted defense attorney Ron Rakosky's request to have him brought to Gretna to testify in Miller's trial.

On July 2, Rakosky filed papers in court saying that Flowers admitted under oath that he killed Thomas.