7. The State of Louisiana v. Torrence Hatch (2012)
Crime: 1st Degree Murder
Verdict: Not Guilty
On October 21, 2009, 35-year-old East Baton Rogue resident Terry Boyd was shot six times by a 9mm handgun through the window of his home. He was the brother of Rochelle Wagner, the mother of one of Lil Boosie’s children. There was no DNA evidence at the crime scene; instead, prosecutors of the case relied heavily on the testimony of the shooter himself, Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding.
Louding, whose telephone records linked him to Boosie’s studio both before and after the killing, cracked under police pressure during a taped interrogation. But on the stand, Louding recanted his jailhouse confession, and suggested that he’d lied because police threatened him with lethal injection and his family with arrest. They also told the accused hitman that Boosie himself had put money on Louding’s head.
Louding had previously been charged with a variety of shootings, including the deaths of Michael “Ghost” Judson, who had previously hired Louding to kill rapper Nussie (who himself had been in a war of words with Lil Boosie), and Darryl “Bleek” Milton, a friend of Boosie’s. But a recently-acquired tattoo, shown to the jury in a particularly dramatic moment, suggested his allegiances had shifted; next to a tattoo of an AK-47 was the phrase, “Yo Boosie. Who’s Next?”
The trial had further dramatic moments; the victim's sister and mother of Boosie's child took the stand and claimed Boosie and Boyd had no history of conflict. One local resident was charged with public intimidation and terrorizing after he threatened the District Attorney with a sniper rifle over Twitter.
Ultimately, the jury found that the prosecution failed to provide the burden of proof to convict the rapper, who remains behind bars on unrelated drug and weapons charges.