Rapper Lil Boosie
has been found not guilty of murder, WAFB reports. Boosie, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, was cleared of charges of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of Terry Boyd
after a jury deliberated over the case for nearly two hours.
The prosecution had argued that the killing was a murder-for-hire ordered by the rapper and executed by his henchman, 17-year-old Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding
. Lil Boosie's
defense countered that there was no evidence to suggest that the rapper had beef with Boyd and that detectives had trumped up the charges to benefit their police department.
trial concluded around 2:44 p.m. today after six days of testimony from 27 witnesses. Though the rapper is off the hook for this charge, he is currently serving an eight-year prison term on drug charges and is being held in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.