Rapper Lil Boosie has been behind bars for several years, facing a slew of different charges. But, he finally got some good news this week, when he was found not guilty in his murder case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The trial for the murder of Terry Boyd began on Monday (May 7) with opening statements from both sides, and just five days later, a verdict has been reached: not guilty.
According to local news station WAFB9, the jury deliberated for around an hour on Friday (May 11), and came back, finding Boosie (real name: Torence Hatch) not guilty of murder.
The rapper and his defense team embraced and began crying when the verdict was read, understandably overcome with emotion. Supporters cheered outside the courtroom.
Boosie was indicted on first degree murder charges in mid-2010 for the shooting death of Terry Boyd in October 2009. Prosecutors said the rapper hired Michael Louding, also known as “Marlo Mike,” to kill Terry Boyd. The 35-year-old was shot to death through a window while inside his home.
However, the prosecution could not prove Boosie’s involvement although they called 27 witnesses to the stand during the week-long trial.
His attorney Jason Williams said, in court, that investigators had no proof of an alleged beef Boosie had with Boyd; and accused them of targeting the rapper to land a high-profile arrest and possible conviction. “What’s bigger than a rapper going down for murder?” Williams stated.
He also told the jury no one followed up on the lead Terry Boyd’s mother gave, until last year. By that time, the man she told them to talk to was dead. Officers also said they never read the Terry Boyd file, but they were investigating.
Despite the victory on Friday, Boosie is still behind bars. He’s currently serving an 8-year prison term on drug charges and is being held in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.