Jury selection for the murder trial of Lil Boosie begins on Monday (April 30). According to local WAFB 9 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a total of 700 people have been summoned to appear for jury duty this week for this trial and others. From that crop, the jury will be determined.

Boosie, real name Torrance Hatch, is on trial for first-degree murder. The judge in the case will be allowing specific lyrics from Boosie to be brought up in the trial.

According to WAFB 9, prosecutors will attest that specific rhymes from the rapper will link him to the murder-for-hire killing of Terry Boyd on October 21, 2009. Those words include 187, mirk and cake, the first two meaning murder, the latter money.

Boosie’s attorney, Jason Williams, acknowledges his client’s words, but says that’s not what he means.

“Torrence Hatch wrote some of those lyrics,” Williams told WAFB. “There are other artists who wrote other parts of the lyrics. The lyrics have nothing to do with his crime. He’s a rap artist. He has thousand of lyrics.”

A detective said in his questioning that Michael Louding, also known as “Marlo Mike,” admitted to killing Boyd, then drove to Hatch, who paid him $2,800 for the job.

In November of last year, Hatch was sentenced to eight years in state prison after pleading guilty to drug charges, but his lawyers maintain that he’s not a murderer.

Bad Azz Boosie has collaborated with the likes of Webbie, the late Pimp C, Trina and Young Jeezy.—Jakinder Singh