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article imageJudge rules rap lyrics can be used in Lil Boosie Murder Trial

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By Layne Weiss
Apr 26, 2012 in Crime
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Baton Rouge - a judge has ruled that lyrics from one of rapper Lil Boosie's songs can be used as his evidence against him in his murder trial, which is set to begin April 30, HipHopDX reports.
Lil Boosie whose real name is Torrence Hatch is on trial for hiring a hitman, Michael Loudig aka Marlo Mike, to kill Terry Boyd in 2009.
According NBC 33 TV, Loudig initially denied any involvement in Boyd's death and any connection to Hatch at all, but later confessed.
Alvin Howard, the interrogating detective in charge of the case, said that Loudig admitted to him that Hatch paid him $2,800 to kill Boyd. The defense argued that Howard did not even try to verify any of this information.
The prosecution is focusing particularly on the lyrics "187," "murk" and "cake," which Howard says are references to Boosie hiring Loudig to kill Boyd, HipHopDX reports.
Judge Mike Erwin has ruled that while the entire song can't be played in court, the 3 specific words may be used as evidence against the Baton Rouge based rapper, Billboard reports.
Boosie's lawyer Jason Williams argued that the lyrics in question have nothing to do with the case.
The defense also argued that Det. Howard is not familiar with rap slang, and that it is possible for the prosecution to alter the lyrics in a way to make Hatch look guilty,
HipHopDX reports.
Judge Erwin took the defense's objections into account, but ultimately decided to let the lyrics be entered into evidence.
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