BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Torrence Hatch, otherwise known as "Lil-Boosie," for first-degree murder Thursday afternoon.
The 27-year-old Baton Rouge rapper is accused in the Oct. 21 shooting death of Terry Boyd. He is already in prison for a probation violation. District Attorney Hillar Moore said if Hatch is convicted of first-degree murder the death penalty is not out of the question.
Hatch was also indicted on drug charges Thursday. He faces three counts of possession with intent to distribute codeine, ecstasy and marijuana. He was also indicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics and two counts of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.
Michael Louding, 17, and Adrian Pittman, 36, were also indicted for first-degree murder in Boyd's death. According to detectives, the 35-year-old was shot to death while inside his home on Vermillion Drive in Baton Rouge. They said the shots were fired from the outside through a window.
Another man, Reginald Youngblood, 32, was arrested and indicted in connection with a double murder and two other shootings in which the victims survived.
Charles Matthews and Darryl Milton were gunned down on April 1 while sitting in a car on Monte Sano Avenue in Baton Rouge. A man was shot in the back through a window while inside his home on Feb. 22. A different man was shot outside that same home as he was getting out of his car on March 6. The bullet hit his wrist.
A task force was formed to investigate multiple shootings, many of them deadly, in the Baton Rouge area over the past two years. These indictments are part of that investigation.
Seven men were indicted on June 7. Both Louding and Pittman were included in that round of formal charges against some of the suspected killers.
Hatch's girlfriend, Walnita Decuir, faces the same drug charges he does. The 25-year-old lived with Hatch before he was sent to Hunt Correctional Institute in St. Gabriel. She surrendered Friday to authorities.
Two other men were also indicted in the same drug investigation. Joshua Wilson, 27, was a guard at the prison. He was arrested Thursday and faces one count of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution.
Stacy Riley, 36, is an inmate at the prison. His charges are the same as Hatch's and Decuir's, except he only faces one count of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution, instead of two.
Hatch pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges in September. East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies reportedly seized a bag of marijuana, a cigar with marijuana in it and a gun from his car.
A judge sentenced him to two years in prison. He did not have to report to prison right away. District Court Judge Chip Moore revoked Hatch's probation a month later, sending him straight to jail on Nov. 9.
Hatch was on house arrest with an ankle monitor. The monitor indicated on more than one occasion, he had violated the terms of his release.
Moore doubled Hatch's original sentence and ordered him to spend four years in prison.