Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding methodically told Baton Rouge police detectives in 2010 that he fatally shot Terry Boyd and local up-and-coming rapper Chris “Nussie” Jackson in 2009, and that rapper Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch ordered and paid for both hits, according to Louding’s videotaped statements played in court Tuesday.
Louding also confessed to detectives Chris Johnson and Elvin Howard in May 2010 to playing roles in another killing in 2009 and a double-murder in April 2010, an East Baton Rouge Parish jury learned. Jurors were provided written transcripts while the statements were played on flat-screen monitors.
Louding, 20, of Baton Rouge, is standing trial on a first-degree murder charge in the Oct. 21, 2009, shooting death of Boyd, 35. The trial was scheduled to resume Wednesday.
Hatch, 30, also of Baton Rouge, was acquitted in May on a first-degree murder charge in Boyd’s slaying and remains imprisoned on drug charges. He has never been charged in Jackson’s death. Louding testified at Hatch’s trial that neither he nor Hatch had anything to do with Boyd’s killing. Prosecutors contend Louding lied to that jury.
Louding is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jackson on Feb. 9, 2009; Marcus “Gangsta” Thomas on April 25, 2009; and Charles “Nokie” Matthews and Darryl “Bleek” Milton on April 1, 2010. He also is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Michael Smith on Dec. 18, 2009.
Louding was 16 at the time of Jackson’s and Thomas’ deaths. Louding turned 17 two weeks before Boyd was shot through a window while sitting on a couch at a home on Vermillion Drive.
In the statements played in court, Louding told the detectives that Hatch wanted Jackson killed because Jackson had allegedly said something disparaging about Hatch in a club. Louding said Hatch put a $15,000 bounty on Jackson’s head. Louding said he shot Jackson with a 9 mm pistol, and the now-deceased Michael “Ghost” Judson later gave him $1,500 from the money Hatch allegedly gave Judson.
In his statements, Louding said Hatch put out a hit on Boyd because Hatch learned in a letter from an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary that Boyd was planning to do harm to Hatch.
Louding told the detectives that Hatch paid him $2,800 after Boyd was killed.
With Howard on the witness stand while the videotaped statements were played, East Baton Rouge Parish Assistant District Attorney Dana Cummings asked the detective if Louding showed any remorse during his many hours of questioning by police.
“No ma’am, he didn’t. He appeared to enjoy the moment,” Howard replied, drawing an objection from Louding’s attorney, Margaret Lagattuta, who said Howard could not express his opinions. State District Judge Trudy White sustained Lagattuta’s objection, meaning the judge agreed with her.
Howard testified that detectives made no promises to Louding, who willingly cooperated with them.
Louding is ineligible for the death penalty because he was a juvenile at the time of Boyd’s death. If convicted of first-degree murder, he would face life in prison.
Adrian Pittman, 38, also of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty in November to a manslaughter charge in the Boyd case and is awaiting sentencing. He admitted being the getaway driver. Manslaughter carries up to 40 years in prison.