NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled attorneys for convicted murderer Michael Louding, also known as "Marlo Mike," have extended time to file a motion for a new trial.
The state's highest court ruled last week that Louding's defense attorneys have until February to file the motion. The defense was initially given until September to file the motion, but in October, a judge gave the lawyers an extension for filing.
Prosecutors then filed a motion requesting the defense not be given the extra time for filing the motion. However, the state supreme court ruled the defense is entitled to more time to file the motion seeking a new trial for Louding.
Louding, 20, was found guilty of first-degree murder in April for the October 2009 killing of Terry Boyd. He was sentenced in July to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
Louding has been linked to Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch.
At his sentencing hearing, Louding apologized to the court, saying if he would have known the pain he would cause, he would not have done it.
The jury deliberated more than five hours before reaching a decision. Jurors asked two sets of questions during the proceedings.
"It took a while, but I think the jury was very serious," said Prosecutor Dana Cummings after the verdict. "They took their responsibility extremely serious, and yes they made the right decision. It took them a while, but we're certainly glad they got there."
Five of the jurors were crying during the reading of the verdict.
"It's a difficult thing, simply because he is young. They did the right thing and I think they knew they were doing the right thing. But, it's sad that he is what he is," Cummings added.
District Attorney Hillar Moore said this is going to end up being a landmark case for East Baton Rouge Parish because of what happened. He admitted it's difficult getting cooperation in cases like this one.