Aug 9, 2011 9:55 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge says that prosecutors can use an 18-year-old man's confession to Baton Rouge police during his trial in the 2009 killing of a rap artist.
Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding is charged first-degree murder in the killing of Chris "Nussie" Jackson. During a hearing Monday, Louding told State District Judge Don Johnson on Monday that he wanted to be tried by the judge rather than by a jury.
Louding has been accused of a string of six killings in 14 months in the Baton Rouge area. Prosecutors said Jackson was the first of the victims.
Defense attorney Margaret Lagattuta told The Advocate that she was not surprised by the ruling. She contended that the confession should be tossed because talked with Louding for eight hours before beginning to videotape the conversation.
Louding is not eligible for the death penalty because he was 16 at the time of the slaying.
Overall, Louding is charged with five counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Rap artist Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch also is charged with first-degree murder in one of those killings. Prosecutors allege that Hatch, 28, hired Louding to shoot Terry Boyd on Oct. 21, 2009.
Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty against Hatch.
Jackson founded the record label Dope Celebrity Family in 2004, recorded three albums and regularly performed at clubs around Baton Rouge and south Louisiana.