A judge has refused to throw out first-degree murder indictments and declined to suppress incriminating statements for a man that Lil’ Boosie allegedly hired for murder, reports The Advocate.
In October 2009, Boosie reportedly hired then 17-year-old Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to kill Terry Boyd. Earlier this week, Louding’s attorney, Margaret Lagattuta, asked state District Judge Trudy White to dismiss the first-degree murder indictment in the Boyd case because of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states “cannot automatically impose life sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles in murder cases.”
In Louisiana, a first-degree murder conviction leads to either death by lethal injection or life in prison. Now 20, Louding is not eligible for the death penalty because he was a juvenile at the time of the incident. His lawyer said that she would be unable to explain to the jury what sentence Louding might face if convicted, and will ask the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal to review the denial to lift the indictment.
Additionally, Lagattuta asked the judge to suppress statements where he admitted involvement in five separate homicides. During Boosie’s trial, Louding testified that he and Hatch had nothing to do with Boyd’s death, and denied killing anyone else. Prosecutors believe that he lied to the jury.
Louding is currently scheduled to stand trial on March 18th.
Last year, Boosie was found not guilty in Boyd’s murder. He is presently serving an eight-year sentence for attempting to smuggle codeine, ecstasy and marijuana into jail.