Suspect reportedly confesses on tape

Michael Louding is led into District Court on Wednesday by East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joseph Brandon, center, and Sgt. George Bell. Louding is charged in connection with the deaths of six people. Show caption
Michael Louding is led into District Court on Wednesday by East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office Lt. Joseph Brandon, center, and Sgt. George Bell. Louding is charged in connection with the deaths of six people.

An 18-year-old man accused in the slayings of local rapper Chris “Nussie’’ Jackson and five other men told detectives last year that Baton Rouge rapper Torrence “Lil Boosie’’ Hatch wanted Jackson “stamped’’ out, according to videotaped statements played in court Wednesday.

Michael “Marlo Mike’’ Louding told police detectives in May 2010 that Michael “Ghost’’ Judson, now deceased and Louding’s alleged accomplice in the Jackson killing, is the person who told him Hatch wanted Jackson killed, according to the statements.

Louding also told the detectives in one of the statements that he spoke with Hatch after the killing and Hatch said, “Ghost told me y’all hit that boy. I like that.’’

Portions of the statements were played in state District Judge Don Johnson’s courtroom during a hearing on a motion by Louding’s attorney to suppress his statements.

The hearing is scheduled to resume next week.

Louding is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 9, 2009, killing of Jackson. He also is charged with four other counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

Hatch, 28, is not charged in the Jackson slaying, but he is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of Terry Boyd.

Louding also is charged with first-degree murder in Boyd’s death.

Prosecutors allege Hatch hired Louding to kill Boyd.

District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Hatch is not charged in Jackson’s death because Louding had no direct contact with Hatch prior to the Jackson killing.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings said Louding indicates on the tapes that Jackson had been disrespectful to Hatch during a run-in with a Hatch supporter.

Louding told detectives that Judson was with him when Jackson, 33, was shot in the head at a house at 2317 America St.

Louding initially told detectives on May 14, 2010, that both he and Judson fired shots into the house through a window. Several days later, Louding told detectives he fired the shots while Judson hoisted him up to the window, according to Louding’s statements.

Hatch allegedly paid Judson $15,000, and Judson gave Louding $2,000, according to the statements.

Judson is now deceased, Baton Rouge police Sgt. Chris Johnson testified Wednesday.

Louding was arrested May 14, 2010, on a warrant for aggravated assault and terrorizing and taken to Louisiana State Police headquarters for questioning in a string of homicides in Baton Rouge in 2009 and 2010, Johnson testified.

Johnson described Louding as the “common denominator’’ in five separate shootings that claimed six lives.

Louding is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jackson; Boyd; Marcus Thomas on April 25, 2009; and Charles Matthews and Darryl “Bleek’’ Milton on April 1, 2010.

Louding also is charged with second-degree murder in the killing of Michael Smith on Dec. 18, 2009.

Louding was 16 at the time of Jackson’s and Thomas’ deaths and is not eligible for the death penalty.

“He’s a kid,’’ Louding’s court-appointed attorney, Margaret Lagattuta, said Wednesday while asking Johnson if detectives threatened the then-17-year-old Louding or promised anything to him.

“He’s an adult in the eyes of the law,’’ Cummings fired back.

Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Hatch in Boyd’s death.