Closing Arguments Underway in Lil Boosie Murder Trial

Closing arguments in Lil Boosie’s murder trial began Friday morning (May 11). This comes after both the prosecution and defense rested their respective case the previous day.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper, The Advocate, reported that minutes after prosecutors rested their case against Boosie on Thursday afternoon that the defense did the same, but without calling a witness to the stand.

Based upon the burden of proof lying with the state, the defense rests with the witnesses the state has put on,” said one of Boosie’s attorneys, Jason Williams.

When closing arguments from both the defense and prosecution end, the jury will head right into deliberation to reach the verdict. Boosie, real name Torrance Hatch, is on trial on a first-degree murder charge. All along, prosecutors have maintained that Hatch, 29, hired Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding, then-17, now 19, to kill Terry Boyd in October 2009.

On Thursday, prosecutors cross examined their final two witnesses: Carvis “Donkey” Webb, Boosie’s first cousin and Rochelle Wagner, Boyd’s sister and mother of Boosie’s child. According to WAFB 9 News in Baton Rouge, Webb testified that he was in Atlanta at the time of the murder, while Wagner claimed that she didn’t know anything about a homicide and although Boyd and Boosie weren’t friends, they weren’t enemies.

The day before, on Wednesday, the prosecution played Boosie’s song, “187” for the jury to hear. On the song, Boosie raps, “Yo Marlo/He drive a Monte Carlo/That bitch gray, I want that nigga dead today.” According to computer forensics expert Konstantinos Dimetrelos, who had examined Boosie’s hard drive, the Baton Rouge rapper recorded the verse less than an hour before the murder took place.

After closing arguments, Boosie will await his fate. He’s currently serving an eight-year prison term on drug charges at the Louisian State Penitientary in Angola. The Baton Rouge rapper has collaborated with the likes of Young Jeezy, Trina and the late Pimp C.—Jakinder Singh

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  • QBee3

    This trial is bigger than Torrance Hatch. The very fact that the trial took place violates the legal statutes of the State of Louisiana. 1. Mr. Hatch’s due process was violated because he was denied an unbiased Grand Jury due to the enormous pre-indictment hearing publicity issued by Hilar Moore, D.A. 2. In the State of Louisiana certain elements of fact must be in place to receive a Grand Jury indictment for “murder for hire”. AT LEAST TWO WITNESSES, INTENT, PAYMENT, AND A WILLFUL ACTION DEMONSTRATED BY THE DEFENDANT THAT CAN BE PROVEN BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT. The Baton Rouge District Attorney’s office and a former judge have prior history of procuring false testimony for capital felony cases to be tried. Videotape was shown in court of the “star witness” responding to false threats made by the police of what would happen if the witness did not give a co-erced confession against Mr. Hatch. No elements of fact were proven in the trial. Despite the enormous pre-trial publicity, the Judge failed to recuse himself and the D.A. to allow the trial to be held in another unbiased judicial district. Denial of due process and a fair trial again. 3. In the State of Louisiana, for anyone to be tried of a felony crime in which capital punishment is a possibility, TWO WITNESSES OF FACT MUST BE INVOLVED. The State of Louisiana did not have ONE. The District Attorney and Judge’s failure to follow the United States Constitution and Louisiana State Law is so aggregious that prominent members of that community are speaking in favor of Mr. Hatch. The United States Dept. of Justice should be involved in investigating the actions of both the D.A. and the presiding Judge due to the lack of probable cause much less evidence. Torrance Hatch’s music is a reflection of the many social ills in Baton Rouge in which racism is an underlying variable. He speaks for an unheard segment of Baton Rouge. His music is on trial and so is freedom of speech. Mr. Hatch has endured emotional stress and mental anguish because he made disparaging comments about the Baton Rouge police, district attorney’s office, and the judges. He is not alone in his dislike over the treatment the community members he speaks Again, this trial is an open invitation to those with the ability and power to stand up and protest against any American citizen whose freedom of speech and basic civil rights have been violated. As an American I am standing up and in protest now.

    • CoreyD

      I second that