Lil Boosie Murder Trial Begins, Jury Selection Underway

Heavy security around courthouse as 700 people called in for jury duty.

Posted: 04/30/2012 07:09 PM EDT

Jury selection has started in the first-degree murder trial of Lil Boosie in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A total of 700 candidates have been summoned and will be whittled down to the final 12, WAFB reports.

Ordinarily, 500 jury candidates are summoned, but because of Boosie's celebrity status, a wider net was cast in search of impartial jurors. Attorneys for both the defense and prosecution are jointly responsible for vetting the jury.

Recently, a judge ruled that some of Boosie's lyrics can be used against him in the trial, which is scheduled to begin once the jury selection is complete. Prosecutors have listed 30 potential witnesses who may be called to testify against the rapper, born Torrence L. Hatch.

Famous for his hits with Webbie such as "Wipe Me Down" and "Independent," Boosie is accused of paying for the murder of Terry Boyd in 2009.


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