POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 9:37pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Torrence Hatch, better known as Lil' Boosie, back in court. He's accused of murdering a man in 2009, and playing a role in several other killings.
In his pre-trial hearing, Tuesday, Lil' Boosie pleaded guilty to several drug charges, including trying to smuggle drugs into prison. Judge Mike Erwin gave him eight years in jail for those charges with time already served.
Erwin also denied the defense attorneys' motion to take East Baton Rouge D.A. Hillar Moore off the case. They asked to get rid of a search warrant of Lil' Boosie's home, and to supress computer evidence taken by investigators. Judge Erwin denied both of those motions.
The defense attempted to subpoena Michael Louding, the man allegedly hired by Torrence Hatch to kill Terry Boyd in 2009. Judge Erwin denied that motion as well.
Michael Louding testified before a grand jury, saying Hatch hired him as a hitman, but now, Hatch's attorneys' say Louding wants to take back his statements.
"Michael Louding has been writing letter after letter saying that he is not happy with his representation that he lied to police, he lied to the grand jury, that Torrence Hatch has nothing to do with his decision to kill Terry Boyd," says Jason Williams.
Louding's attorney, Margaret Lagatutta, says that statement is a stretch.
"I would say he didn't completely tell the judge the truth," she says.
Instead, Lagatutta claims Hatch, and his friends, have tried to get in touch with Louding on numerous occassions, hoping he'll testify on the rapper's behalf.
"This is Mr. Hatch trying to control the witnesses in this case against him," she explains. "He has made a concerted effort to contact them by various means."
Prosecutors say, they're glad the judge decided to keep Louding off the stand.
"I think that crowd in the courtroom meant to intimate Michael Louding into not testifying, and not getting up in front of the court to tell the truth," says assistant district attorney, Dana Cummings.
She says Louding will testify during the trial. That date has been set for April 30th.