Baton Rogue rapper Lil Boosie was found not guilty of first degree murder. The southern rapper, who was born Torrence Hatch, was acquitted of murdering Terry Boyd in 2009. Lil Boosie was actually charged with murder-for-hire, which would have held him responsible for the murder of Boyd had he been convicted. The prosecution set out to prove that Lil Boosie hired a hitman, 17-year-old Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding, to kill Terry Boyd, an alleged enemy of Lil Boosie. Boyd was the brother of Rochelle Wagner, the mother of Lil Boosie’s 5-year-old daughter. He was killed in his home.
The prosecution reportedly used some of Lil Boosie’s music/lyrics to prove their case, but the attempt at using the rapper’s lyrics against him failed. After a six-day trial and testimony from twenty-seven witnesses, the jury deliberated for two short hours and came back with a verdict of not guilty. The prosecution still contends that Lil Boosie is behind the death of Terry Boyd
Lil Boosie’s defense team was very successful at dispelling the myth that Lil Boosie had a beef with the slain Terry Boyd. The defense made it clear that there was no evidence supporting the claim of hostility between Lil Boosie and Boyd. The defense team also implied detectives boosted the charges in an attempt to make names for themselves and lend credibility to their police department.
While this was a great victory for the gritty hip-hop star, it will not affect his current sentence of eight years. Currently, Boosie is serving eight years in prison on a previous drug charge. He is serving out his sentence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. His family, friends, and fans are elated that he was able to beat the murder charge, but they still must wait for his release.