BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Opening statements got under way Monday morning in the first murder trial of Michael Louding, also known as "Marlo Mike."
Louding is accused of killing Terry Boyd in February 2009. He is said to be an associate of Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch.
Prosecutor Dana Cummings began by telling the jury there are many more murder victims than just Terry Boyd. She said Louding is connected to four murders.
Prosecutors told the jury that Louding was at rapper Lil Boosie's recording studio before and after the murder of Terry Boyd.
Prosecutor Dana Cummings came into court Monday ready to take down Louding. "Clouding's cell phone will show you that Louding was at Boosie's studio transporting Boyd's location at the time he was killed and back to Boosie's studio on Pompey," Cummings told the jury in opening statements.
She talked of Louding's tattoo on his chest that says "Yo Boosie Who's Next?" The text is over an AK-47 assault rifle. Cummings added that Louding got that tattoo at Boosie's house two weeks after the murder of Boyd.
"It's the height of cowardly, sneaking up to these homes and blasting away," Cummings told jurors. "There is a common theme, cowardly sneaky murders."
She said prosecutors will provide technical evidence of Louding's involvement.
"Louding's cell phone will show you that Louding was at Boosie's studio, traveling to Boyd's location at the time he was killed, then back to Boosie's studio on Pompey," Cummings explained.
The assistant district attorney called Louding a "cold-blooded murderer."
Defense attorney Margaret Lagatutta told jurors there are lots of holes in the case and asked them to please listen to everything that is said. She added the prosecution cannot link her client to one murder.
"This case is a stretch. [Cummings] wants you to think a 17-year-old boy can out-smart seasoned cops? This case has a lot of speculation and no investigation. Does the cell phone convict him of murder? Does a tattoo probe he killed someone? No."
Attorneys worked through the weekend to seat a jury.
When Hatch stood trial for Boyd's murder, Louding was set to testify that Hatch ordered Boyd's death. Prosecutors said he refused to testify against Hatch once he was on the stand.
The trial is expected to last at least 10 days, but they are moving quickly. Tuesday the jury should see the confession tape where Louding admits to the killing.