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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Prosecutors have hung their hopes of a conviction against a Baton Rouge rapper on his lyrics.
Torrence Hatch, better known as "Lil Boosie," faces those charges in connection with a murder-for-hire scheme. The judge is allowing specific lyrics, not all, to be brought up in the trial next week.
Prosecutors said specific lyrics equal intent. Defense attorneys said it's just a rapper doing his job.
Three specific words are what prosecutors hope will link Torrence Hatch to the killing of Terry Boyd on October 21, 2009. Those words include 187, mirk and cake.
Prosecutor Dana Cummings presented a Baton Rouge Police detective who said the words "187" and "mirk" mean murder and the word "cake" means money.
Defense attorney Jason Williams agrees that those are Hatch's words, but that's not what they mean.
"Torrence Hatch wrote some of those lyrics," said Williams. "There are other artists who wrote other parts of the lyrics. The lyrics have nothing to do with this crime. He's a rap artist. He has thousands of lyrics."
Prosecutors also called on a computer forensics expert to try and prove the lyrics were found on a computer around the same time Boyd was killed, which could prove intent.
Defense attorneys have already admitted the voice on that computer was Hatch's. They said the prosecution is bringing up the lyrics because they don't have enough evidence to link Hatch to killing Boyd.
"They're going to be talking about what Michael Louding did, what someone else did, but it's not going to be about what Torrence Hatch did," said Williams.
The detective who took the stand said in his questioning that Louding admitted he allegedly killed Boyd, then drove to Hatch, who paid him $2,800 for the job.
Some other things from court Tuesday include:
The lyrics will be played for jury in trial.
No handwriting excerpts were presented Tuesday.
Defense attorneys are trying to get Hatch to stay in East Baton Rouge Parish for the duration of the trial instead of being transported back and forth every day from Angola.
Defense attorneys wanted a closed courtroom, but the judge denied that, saying the public has the right to know what's going on.
Jury selection is slated for Monday and the trial is expected to begin next Tuesday.