Rapper faces new charge

‘Lil Boosie’ also accused of murder

Accused killer Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch was indicted Thursday and is accused of trying to smuggle drugs into a second state prison.

This time, the 28-year-old Baton Rouge rapper is accused of trying to get codeine into the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Hatch, who is serving time on an unrelated drug charge, already is under indictment on a charge of conspiring to introduce illegal drugs into Dixon Correctional Institute at Jackson.

Hatch also is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge. The East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Hatch in the murder case.

Hatch’s latest indictment resulted from his May 25 arrest by Louisiana State Police, who said he was working with two Baton Rouge men to introduce contraband — codeine — into the Angola prison.

Those men, Titus Franklin and Arthur Stewart, both 27, also were indicted Thursday.

An East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Hatch, 1132 Pompey Drive, on one count of criminal conspiracy to take contraband to and from a penal institution, and another count of inciting a felony.

The conspiracy charge carries up to 2‰ years in prison. The other count is punishable by up to two years in prison.

Hatch’s attorneys could not be reached for comment.

Franklin, 15405 Schafer Drive, and Stewart, 9915 Avenue B, each were indicted on the criminal conspiracy charge and on a count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

The possession charge carries up to five years in prison.

An affidavit of probable cause says a “confidential source” notified authorities about the drug-smuggling scheme.

That source told authorities on April 9 that Hatch instructed Stewart to mix 1 ounce of codeine syrup with a colored soft drink and deliver the bottle to Franklin, the affidavit states.

Hatch told Franklin to give the bottle of syrup to an individual they believed worked in security at Angola, the affidavit says. That individual was really a state trooper.

The trooper met with Franklin on April 10 at a Jack in the Box Restaurant on Florida Boulevard, the affidavit says.

During the meeting, the affidavit states, Franklin gave the undercover trooper a Barq’s Red Creme Soda bottle containing the codeine syrup.

Hatch has been in prison since he pleaded guilty in 2009 to a third-offense marijuana possession charge.

A grand jury indicted Hatch in June 2010 on a first-degree murder charge in the Oct. 21, 2009, slaying of 35-year-old Terry Boyd, who was shot through a window while inside his home at 16837 Vermillion Drive.

Prosecutors allege Hatch hired Michael “Marlo Mike‘’ Louding to kill Boyd. Louding, 18, also is charged with first-degree murder in Boyd’s death. Louding also is charged in five other killings.

The grand jury that indicted Hatch last year also charged the rapper with two counts of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institution, three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and three counts of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

Hatch’s new charges have been assigned to state District Judge Mike Erwin, who is handling all of Hatch’s other charges.

Franklin’s and Stewart’s case has been assigned to state District Judge Trudy White.