A judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can use Michael “Marlo Mike’’ Louding’s confession to Baton Rouge police at his first-degree murder trial in the 2009 killing of local rapper Chris “Nussie’’ Jackson.
Moments after state District Judge Don Johnson issued his ruling from the bench, Louding told Johnson he wanted to be tried by the judge rather than a jury.
Johnson scheduled the trial for Nov. 8.
Louding, who also is accused in the slayings of five other people, is not eligible for the death penalty because he was 16 when Jackson was shot to death.
Louding’s court-appointed attorney, Margaret Lagattuta, had argued — among other things — that Louding’s statements to police should be suppressed because detectives talked with Louding for about eight hours on May 14, 2010, before they began videotaping their conversation.
“The case law is not on your side. I deny the motion,’’ Johnson told Lagattuta.
“We can use the statements against him,’’ prosecutor Dana Cummings said after court.
Lagattuta said Johnson’s decision “was not unexpected.’’
“I’m not surprised by the judge’s ruling because the case law was not in our favor,’’ she said.
Louding, 18, is accused in the slayings of six people over a 14-month period, beginning with Jackson’s killing on Feb. 9, 2009, at a house on America Street.
Louding is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Nationally acclaimed Baton Rouge rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie’’ Hatch also is charged with first-degree murder in one of those killings — the Oct. 21, 2009, shooting death of Terry Boyd.
Prosecutors allege Hatch, 28, hired Louding to kill Boyd.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Hatch.