This week, the judge made two significant rulings against the defense in the trial of “Marlo Mike,” the young man who Lil Boosie (born Torrance Hatch) allegedly hired to kill 35-year-old Terry Boyd in 2009.
District Judge Trudy White refused to dismiss one of the first-degree murder indictments and to suppress incriminating statements Mike (born Michael Louding) reportedly gave to Baton Rouge police.
The accusation is that Hatch hired Louding, who was 17 at the time, to murder Boyd after receiving a letter that claimed that Boyd was planning to “jack and slap” Hatch. Reportedly, Boyd had already robbed an associate of Louding’s for $720.
Louding, now 20, may face life in prison (he is not eligible for the death penalty since he was not yet an adult when the murder occurred). His attorney, Margaret Lagattuta, was working to get the first-degree murder indictment dismissed “because the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last June that states cannot automatically impose life sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles in murder cases,” reports Baton Rouge’s The Advocate.
The statements Lagattuta was asking to suppress could incriminate Louding in five separate homicides.
Louding took on the nickname “Marlo Mike” to reference murderous The Wire character Marlo, who is known for alluding police.
The other homicides Louding is charged with include up-and-coming rapper Chris “Nussie” Jackson and Darryl “Bleek” Milton. The former recorded songs dissing Boosie, the latter was a longtime friend of Boosie’s, and proof, said Boosie’s defense, that Louding, who has a tattoo that says “Yo, Boosie. Who’s Next,” was acting of his own volition.
Last May, Hatch was acquitted on his first-degree murder charge for Boyd’s death.
In 2009, the same year he released his sophomore album, Superbad: the Return of Boosie Bad Azz, Hatch was locked up on marijuana and firearm possession charges. During the course of his sentence, he received an additional eight years for attempting to smuggle into prison codeine and other illegal contraband.
Earlier this month, he graduated from Angola State Prison's GED program.
"I've coped by knowing in my heart that I'm someone special who many people love,” he wrote in a letter to Spin. “If you lose hope in yourself, you'll make your time hard. I always felt that my mission wasn't complete. I feel I haven't reached the star power that was destined for me. That makes me keep writing and thinking of ways to better myself as a man and artist."
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(Photos from left: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)