BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nine jurors have been confirmed and sequestered in the trial of Torence Hatch, the Baton Rouge rapper also known as Lil Boosie. Hatch is charged with first degree murder for a murder-for-hire plan.
He is accused of hiring Michael Louding to kill Terry Boyd in 2009.
After four days of jury selection, Judge Mike Erwin swore in those nine just after 6:00 p.m. Thursday. Those jurors already had their suitcases and were taken to an undisclosed hotel, where they will stay until the trial is over. Three more jurors and two alternates still need to be selected.
More than 30 potential jurors have been questioned. However, defense attorneys say they don't expect to have a complete jury seated until Friday.
Judge Erwin, prosecutors and Hatch's attorneys questioned the third and fourth panel of possible jurors Thursday. Several were excused. Two of those because they told the judge they felt Hatch was guilty.
One juror told the court she has somewhat followed the information on the internet and other media and said "You can't erase what you heard." She also said she felt he was guilty.
After stating her opinion, another woman was asked by the judge, "You feel that he's guilty?" Her answer was yes.
Judge Erwin is also asking about possible hardships jurors will face if they are part of the jury. On Wednesday, the defense raised concerns because some jurors will be financially strapped if they have to take off two or three weeks for work, which they say is clearly a problem in this case.
Prosecutors have named at least 30 people they could call to the witness stand during the trial.
The judge is allowing some specific lyrics from Hatch's music to be brought up in the trial.
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 Torrance 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.