Rapper Lil Boosie can breathe a little easier now after jurors acquitted him of first-degree murder charges for a 2009 murder.
Jurors deliberated for a hour before returning the not guilty verdict.
“The quick verdict showed that they should never have charged him,” Defense attorney Jason Williams said. “We didn’t call a single witness because every single witness they called, even the police officers, did not say anything connecting Torence to this.”
Prosecutors contend Hatch hired Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to kill 35-year-old Terry Boyd, who was shot to death through a window while he was inside his home. Boyd’s sister, Rochelle Wagner, is the mother of Hatch’s 5-year-old daughter. She left the court crying after hearing the verdict and did not speak with reporters.
“The state put on its best case, but all the evidence supported the defense – right down to the very last witness, Rochelle Wagner, the sister of Terry Boyd and the mother of [Hatch's] child,” said one of Hatch’s defense attorney’s, Martin Regan. “She took the stand and said what everyone else reiterated: there was never any beef between [Hatch] and Terry Boyd.”
Lil Boosie is currently serving an eight-year prison term on unrelated drug charges in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. Had Boosie been convicted in Boyd’s murder, he would have faced life in prison.