Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper, The Advocate, reports that minutes
after prosecutors rested their case against Boosie on Thursday
afternoon, the defense did the same, but without calling a witness to
take the stand.
“Based upon the burden of proof lying with the state, the defense
rests with the witnesses the state has put on,” Jason Williams, one of
Hatch’s attorneys, said.
Jurors had the option of using the rest of Thursday to hear closing
arguments and even possibly head into deliberations, but instead chose
to recess for the duration of the day. They’ll return Friday to hear
the closing arguments and possibly begin deliberations.
Boosie, real name Torrence Hatch, is on trial on a first-degree murder
charge. All along prosecutors have argued their case in trying to
contend that Hatch, 29, hired Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to kill
Terry Boyd in October 2009.
On Wednesday, the prosecution played Boosie’s lyrics off a song called
“187” for the jury to hear. On the track, Boosie raps, “Yo Marlo/He
drive a Monte Carlo/That bitch gray, I want that nigga dead today.”
According to computer forensics expert Konstantinos Dimetrelos, who
had examined Boosie’s hard drive, the Baton Rouge rapper recorded the
verse less than an hour before the murder took place.
On Thursday, prosecutors cross examined their final two witnesses:
Carvis “Donkey” Webb, Boosie’s first cousin and Rochelle Wagner,
Boyd’s sister and mother of Boosie’s child. According to WAFB 9 News
in Baton Rouge, Webb testified that he was in Atlanta at the time of
the murder, while Wagner claimed that she didn’t know anything about a
homicide and although Boyd and Boosie weren’t friends, they weren’t
Boosie is currently serving an eight-year prison term on drug charges
at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.