Louding trial now set for April 18

The first-degree murder trial of Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding, which was scheduled to begin Monday in Baton Rouge, has been pushed back to April 18 because his attorney is ill.

East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors contend Louding was paid by rapper Torence “Lil Boosie” Hatch to kill Terry Boyd in 2009.

Hatch, who also was charged with first-degree murder, was acquitted last May and remains imprisoned on drug charges.

Adrian Pittman, the alleged getaway driver, pleaded guilty in November to a manslaughter charge and is scheduled to be sentenced April 24.

Louding, who was 17 at the time, is the alleged triggerman in Boyd’s slaying. Boyd, 35, was shot through a window while sitting on a couch at a house on Vermilion Drive on Oct. 21, 2009.

Louding also is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of local up-and-coming rapper Chris “Nussie” Jackson on Feb. 9, 2009; Marcus Thomas on April 25, 2009; and Charles Matthews and Darryl “Bleek” Milton on April 1, 2010. He is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of
Michael Smith on Dec. 18, 2009.

Louding, 20, testified at Hatch’s trial that he and Hatch had nothing to do with Boyd’s death.

Louding also denied killing anyone else. Prosecutors maintain Louding lied to the jury.

Louding is not eligible for the death penalty because he was a juvenile at the time of Boyd’s death. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2005 abolished death sentences for those under 18 who are convicted of first-degree murder. The only other penalty for first-degree murder in Louisiana is life in prison, but the Supreme Court ruled last June that states cannot automatically impose life sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles in murder cases.

The court said judges must consider the defendant’s youth, the nature of the crime and other factors.