Details In Lil Boosie Acquittal Of First-Degree Murder
It was an emotional day in the courtroom for the Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch first degree murder trial.
Lil Boosie put his fist in the air victoriously and his mother and family wept as the court clerk read “we the jury, find the defendant Torence Hatch, not guilty.”
Closing arguments had the courtroom on edge.
Before delivering a verdict, jurors got a chance to hear the attorneys argue their case one last time.
Prosecution lawyer Dana Cummings, began the morning by reintroducing evidence against Hatch.
Cummings replayed phone calls, read letters aloud and played lyrics in an attempt to prove Hatch guilty.
Cummings also tried to discredit her witness and cousin to Lil Boosie, Carvis “Donkey” Webb.
Cummings explained that Lil Boosie and Donkey worked on Michael Louding in order to get him to cooperate with them.
Cummings stated “Carvis Webb is a performer and he gave a performance on the stand. Carvis Webb is a professional at how to beat the system.”
Carvis Webb had an overturned murder conviction in 2000.
Small excerpts from the songs “187” and “Bodybag” were also played for jurors again.
“His [Boosie] lyrics are an admission. He’s calling out his hit man! This is a ‘yay, go murder’ celebration!” Cummings exclaimed.
The prosecution referred to Lil Boosie as an arrogant man.
“He [Boosie] doesn’t think anyone will hold him accountable,” Cummings argued.
Before sitting down, she warned the jury “I ask that you remember to use your common sense.”
The jury opted to not take a break in between arguments.
Defense attorney, Jason Williams began his rebuttal with the poker analogy used by one of the detectives to describe Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding “ace in a hole.”
“This whole case has been about deception,” Williams said. “This case would not go forward in Atlanta, California or New York without Michael Louding thoroughly being evaluated. Is he Schizophrenic? Bipolar? And that’s not CSI, that’s science!” Williams shouted.
The defense brought to light that Marlo Mike had a public defender, Margarette Lagatutta, which did not care about him.
“She [Lagattuta] could have had any seat in here [courtroom] but choose to sit next to Hillar Moore. The man who is going to prosecute him [Louding] for six murders; six life sentences.”
In regards to Hatch’s lyrics and tattoos, Williams said “this man is trying to sell albums. The first rule of marketing is to brand yourself.”
Williams used fashion mogul Ralph Lauren as an example.
“Ralph Lauren is not his real name. He [Lauren] has never played polo. Putting hearts and rainbows on your label is not going to sell albums. He is trying to sell as many albums as Ralph Lauren does T-shirts.”
The defense also argued that the prosecution was mainly concerned with the conviction of Hatch.
“If this isn’t about Boosie, why is he being tried before the person who is said to have killed more than most serial killers?” Williams asked.
In efforts to conclude, Williams said calmly: “Cops have been killed that same year Ice-T made ‘Cop Killer’…He [Ice-T] described it in great detail. Cops hated him. He is now playing a cop on T.V. every Thursday night.”
The defense continued with a portion left out of the letters written to Hatch from Louding that said “Please forgive me for putting you in this mess.”
Before sitting down, attorney Jason Williams said to the jury, “there’s only one fair and just verdict. ‘Not guilty.’ I’m begging you to hold fast and firm.”