Jury deliberating the fate of "Marlo Mike" in murder trial

Michael Louding, also known as "Marlo Mike" (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
Michael Louding, also known as "Marlo Mike" (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Closing arguments are finished in the first-degree murder trial of "Marlo Mike," whose real name is Michael Louding and the jury is now deliberating his fate.

Judge Trudy White instructed jurors on how to deliberate before they got the case. The jury got the case at 1 p.m. A verdict is expected today.

Louding is charged with the murder of Terry Boyd, who was killed in October 2009. If convicted, he faces a life sentence.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings was spirited in her one-hour close from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

"Michael Louding is a gutless wonder," she told the jury. "He has no conscious, no remorse."

She described the confession tape that was played to the jury as "reliable." Cummings harped on the tattoo on Louding's chest that reads, "Yo Boosie who's next?"

Defense attorney Margaret Lagatutta countered that tattoos don't kill people. She told the jury the only evidence the prosecution has is the statement or taped confession.

She added that is nothing more than the ramblings of a teenager who was showing off.

"Do you think people just walk into a police station and say you kill people?" asked Lagatutta. "Who is the target in this case? Lil Boosie."

She reminded the jurors manslaughter is an option if her client should be convicted of a crime with a lesser punishment than first-degree murder.

"Other than his mouth, they haven't proven anything," Lagatutta explained.

"Their whole defense is 'poor little hitman," responded Cummings on her final address to the jury.

"This is cold, calculated, deliberate, murder without remorse. I ask you to go back there and find that man! That man! Not a boy, that hitman guilty of murder," she concluded.

Both sides rested Thursday. The defense rested its case without calling a single witness.

The prosecution rested its case after four days of testimony and dozens of witnesses.

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