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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