Lil Boosie's attorney asks D.A. to be recused

Published: Feb. 16, 2011 at 6:30 PM CST|Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 at 1:20 PM CDT
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By Jim Shannon - bio | email

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie, also known as Torrence Hatch, was in court Thursday morning for what was supposed to be a routine motions hearing. By the time it was over, his lawyers wanted District Attorney Hillar Moore off the case.

There was not enough room for all of his fans, but District Court Judge Mike Erwin pressed on anyway. Jason Williams, the attorney for Hatch, complained to the judge he was late getting some evidence from the state. He said there is no real evidence against Hatch, much less a first-degree murder charge. Lil Boosie is accused of killing Terry Boyd last year. Both sides traded barbs after the hearing.

"Law enforcement went into a home, seized a hard drive that had music and lyrics on it," Williams stated. "These lyrics had some disparaging remarks about Hillar Moore, things that could incense any man. Alright, well within 10 days of hearing these lyrics, a case was prepared against Torrence Hatch."

"Totally baseless," Moore said. "This is a case that's going to be tried on the facts and evidence, nothing else. I don't care what anyone said or not. The only thing, word, that offended me was calling me a racist. Other things in this job you have to have tough skin. It doesn't matter to me."

Williams asked the judge to recuse the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney's Office. Erwin will decide that June 22. The families of those involved in the case refused to comment.

There was much more security inside the courthouse for the hearing than what is normally seen. There were 13 sheriff's deputies just inside the courtroom where the hearing took place.

Lil Boosie is charged with first-degree murder and bringing contraband into a penal institute.

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