Lil Boosie spent the past week in court, facing charges for the 2009 murder of Baton Rogue man Terry Boyd, but on Friday (May 11) jurors deliberated for 90 minutes then handed down a not-guilty verdict. Boosie, born Torrence Hatch is no longer facing life in prison.
Hatch is currently serving an 8-year sentence for non-related drug charges, but WBRZ reports that the 29-year-old has beat the odds in the murder trial, where he was accused of ordering primary witness Michael ‘Marlo Mike’ Louding to murder Terry Boyd. 35-year-old Boyd was shot to death in his home in Baton Rouge in October 2009.
On the third day of hearings, 19-year-old Louding took the stand and backtracked on his previous confession of being hired to kill Boyd.He claimed that he had never confessed to law enforcement about the murder, adding that he was with Hatch and getaway driver Adrienne Pitman at the rapper’s house on the night of the murder.
The prosecution caught heat for trying to use Boosie’s violent lyrics to incriminate him in the case, but they also pointed to Louding’s tattoo of an AK-47, with the script "Yo Boosie Who's Next?" as proof that the two conspired together. Meanwhile, the defense aimed to paint a picture of Boosie an artist who let too many strangers into his inner circle without knowing their intentions.
On Wednesday morning, an IT specialist took the stand to testify about the contents of the Baton Rouge rapper's computer. The expert pinpointed a photo of a tattoo parlor which was related to the investigation, but no details were given on how his testimony affected the case. Throughout the case, several officers were questioned, including one who revealed that Boosie was not considered a suspect until he was brought up during Louding’s confession.
While prosecutors argued that Louding’s confession and cell phone records were proof that he committed the crime, Hatch’s defense attorneys countered that the confession was a lie, prompted by hours of interrogation.
The Hip-Hop Community Reacted On Twitter:
@Big Sean One time for my ni--a Lil boosie!
@PLiesCongrats 2 Boosie, Connie Hatch and the entire Hatch Family.....God is Real....#BadAzz
@Nigel_D Lil Boosie was found not guilty of murder but is still doing his 8 year sentence for drug charges.
@cthagod Now this is great news. RT @WAFB: Lil Boosie found not guilty. #Boosie