Jurors deliberated for an hour before returning of rapper Lil' Boosie's verdict.
Torence "Lil Boosie" Hatch -- who was featured on the 2007 hit "Wipe Me Down" and Dj Khaled's "Out Here Grindin'" -- stood quietly, bowing his head and pumped his fist up Friday when he heard the Not-Guilty decision from the 12-person jury.
"You've been found not guilty. You stuck your fist up in the air and I can't exactly say that I blame you,"the judge said.
Prosecutors were trying to prove that Boosie hired Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding to kill 35-year-old Terry Boyd, who was shot to death through a window while he was inside his home. Boyd's sister, Rochelle Wagner, is the mother of Boosie's 5-year-old daughter.
During the trial Prosecutor Dana Cummings tried to establish that through his song lyrics, Lil' Boosie orchestrated murder.
A computer forensics expert testified Wednesday that it was 11:24 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2009, when Lil' Boosie recorded a lyric in the song “187’’ (code for murder) that says,
“Yo Marlo. He drive a Monte Carlo. I want that (expletive) dead.’’That same night, in lyrics recorded at 11:26 p.m., Boosie calls himself the “John Gotti of the south side’’ and raps,
“I want that (expletive) dead today.’’At 11:54 p.m. that night, the expert testified, Boosie recorded the lyric,
“please tell him it’s from Boosie when you hit that (expletive) up.’’
Then, at 12:50 a.m. on Oct. 21, 2009, just eight minutes after Boyd was killed, Lil' Boosie recorded a lyric to the song “Body Bag’’ that says “rock a bye baby.’’ Experts testified it was 12:51 a.m. when he recorded lyrics that say,
“Curtain call. Put that (expletive) brains on the wall’’ and “How you going to bust me in a body bag?’’Prosecutor Dana Cummings had told jurors that Lil' Boosie wanted Boyd killed because he learned in a letter from an inmate that Boyd, who had recently been released from prison, planned to do him harm.
Lil' Boosie's attorneys called that allegation nonsense and said Boyd’s sister and Boosie had a child together and him and Boyd had no disagreement between them.
As for the lyrics played in court, Boosie's attorney said some of the lyrics were recorded long before Boyd was killed, and what jurors heard was “resampled’’ lyrics.
"She has put the entertainment industry on trial,"Williams said of lead prosecutor Dana Cummings.
"She has put an entire culture on trial."Boosie, 29, may have gotten off for murder but is currently serving an eight-year prison term on separate drug charges, allegedly with about a year and a half to go. Had he been convicted in Boyd's slaying, he would have faced life in prison.
As for Boosie's friend, Marlo, who is just 19, he faces murder charges in six deaths, including Boyd's, over 14 months.
Before he was acquitted, Boosie thanked his fans for sticking by his side in a letter:
First, I want to thank you all of you for supporting me through these hard time. Last month I was sentence to 8 years with credit for time served so i will have to do 19 months on that sentence. I go to trial for this murder charge in April so please keep me in your prayers. To all my fans who write me through J-Pay make sure you put your address so I can respond. Its hard to write every body back but I will try my best to do so. I would also like my all my fans to support Young Jeezy new album TM 103 hes a real nigga with a big heart. I want to thank Plies, Yo Gotti, Marcus Spears, Jout Dallas, Earl Wayne and Jamarcus Russell for keeping it real with me and Pacman also. My daughter Iviona album will be coming soon so be on the lookout for it. Its HOTT!!! I really appreciate everybody whos supporting www.boosiejustice.com and everyone who has sign the petition and brought Boosie Gear. I want all my fans to know that yall are so special to me because without you there would be no me. Congrats to Webbie on his new album Savage Life 3. New Boosie DVD “The Come Up” will be in stores soon. Life Story Book “The Truth” in stores end of 2012. My label, Bad Azz Ent, will be dropping a compilation this year and you already know how we do it. I want to thank GOD for everything and now I know the real from the fake and I can say that not too many are not real. I also want to send love to the realest woman in the world my MAMA Mrs. Connie whos my best friend, mama, spiritual advisor and #1 Fan.
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