Lil Boosie Murder Trial: Jury Selection Begins
Jury Selection for Lil Boosie Trial in Baton Rouge
The trial of rap artist Lil Boosie, charged with first-degree murder, is about to begin. Jury selection is underway at the 19th Judicial District Courthouse in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; with a pool of 700 potential jurors.
Lil Boosie, currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for drug smuggling, was indicted for his alleged role in the murder-for-hire of Terry Boyd.
Lil Boosie, born Torrence Hatch, has already been the subject of internet death rumors. Should Lil Boosie be convicted, prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.
Prosecutors are going to use some of Lil Boosie's lyrics as evidence, though it's arguably a weak angle to take: when Johnny Cash sang, "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die", nobody called for his arrest. Putting Lil Boosie's rhymes on trial will get plenty of media attention, but could also be fairly easy for the defense to shoot down.
"Torrence Hatch wrote some of those lyrics," said Williams. "There are other artists who wrote other parts of the lyrics. The lyrics have nothing to do with this crime. He's a rap artist. He has thousands of lyrics."