In addition to an indictment on first-degree murder charges handed down by a grand jury on Thursday, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, rapper [artist id="1245546"]Lil Boosie[/artist] (born Torrence Hatch) could be facing additional murder counts based on an ongoing police investigation into five unsolved killings in the area.
According to The Advocate, Thursday's indictment — which stemmed from an incident in October that left 35-year-old Terry Boyd dead after two men fired shots through a window in his home — is part of what prosecutors are calling a murder-for-hire case.
East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III told the paper that investigators are looking into whether Boosie, 27, and others are involved in at least five other killings in the area since early last year.
"We're investigating the others in a similar fashion," Moore said. "We are investigating the common pattern of these killings and money."
Boosie, already imprisoned since November for a probation violation, was also indicted on Thursday on multiple drug-possession charges and for an alleged scheme to smuggle illicit substances into the jail where he is being held. The Advocate reported that Boosie; girlfriend Walnita Decuir, 25; former correctional officer Joshua Wilson, 27, and fellow inmate Stacey Riley, 36, were all indicted on charges that they conspired to smuggle contraband — which included drugs such as codeine, marijuana, ecstasy and synthetic marijuana — into Dixon Correctional Institute, where Boosie is being held.
Boosie is not entitled to post bond on the first-degree murder charge and will remain incarcerated while that case moves forward. Moore declined to say how much money Boosie allegedly paid to have Boyd killed, who pulled the trigger or why Boyd was targeted.
Two other men, Michael Louding and Adrian Pittman, were also indicted on similar charges earlier this month in connection with Boyd's killing. In total, investigators are looking at six slayings over a 14-month period, from the February 9, 2009, shooting death of local rapper Chris "Nussie" Jackson to an April 1 double-murder of two local men.
In September, Boosie pleaded guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge. Under a plea deal a judge was expected to sentence him to 10 years in prison with all but the first two years suspended, which would mean he'd be eligible for parole in one year. But after Boosie violated the terms of the deal in November by leaving his house during confinement, the judge doubled the term.
Now, Moore told the paper, he is going to ask the judge to revoke the deal and resentence Boosie to the original 10-year term.
A district attorney said the death penalty was not out of the question for Boosie in the murder case. A spokesperson for the rapper could not be reached for comment at press time.