The trial of Lil Boosie will begin on April 30th and, according to sources, the rapper will no longer have to worry about the death penalty after East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said he would only be seeking a life sentence. The trial will also include one unusual feature as prosecutors have put forward a request for an anonymous jury which went unopposed by Lil Boosie’s lawyers.
Jurors will only be identified by number during the trial in a proactive effort to maintain fairness, although no threats have been made. “It’s just something we thought would be better for the case and the jurors,” said Moore. Boosie’s lawyers agreed that maintaining fairness would be important in the trial, but stressed that there currently were no safety concerns. “There’s no evidence of any threats against any potential jurors in this case. We want to get a fair jury,” said Martin Regan, one of the lawyers that represent the rapper.
Lil Boosie is accused of hiring Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to kill Terry Boyd, who was shot and killed through one of the windows of his home in Baton Rouge in 2009. Louding and his partner Adrian Pittman have both been charged with first degree murder for their role in the slaying of Boyd, and Louding has been charged for his involvement in five other killings.
According to his lawyers, Boosie is eager to prove his innocence in court and Jason Williams, one of the rapper’s legal representatives, said the rapper is “ready for this day in court” before telling The Advocate, “He’s good. He’s frustrated.”
Lil Boosie volunteered a sample of handwriting on Wednesday, March 28th, although it’s unclear what use prosecutors will have for the sample and Moore stated only that “it’s part of our ongoing preparation for trial.
” Boosie’s lawyers indicated that the handwriting sample was not part of the prosecutor’s murder-for-hire conspiracy charge against the rapper, but added that it could have something to do with the rapper’s lyrics.