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Mar 12, 2013 8:28 AM by AP

1st-degree murder charge stands

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has refused to throw out a first-degree murder charge against a man accused of acting as a rapper's hit-man.

Michael Louding is scheduled for trial March 18 in the death of Terry Boyd.

Rapper Torence "Lil Boosie" Hatch was found innocent last year of paying Louding to kill Boyd.

Attorney, Margaret Lagattuta, contends the indictment is invalid because states cannot automatically impose life sentences without parole on juveniles in murder cases.

Louding cannot be sentenced to death because he was 17 when Boyd was killed. The only other possible sentence for first-degree murder is life in prison.

District Judge Trudy White says the court can deal with that if and when the case reaches that stage.

Lagattuta says she will appeal.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com




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