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Murder charge against young Baton Rouge man stands

Michael Louding, a young man accused of slaying Terry Boyd in October 2009 for pay, received bad news on Monday after a judge refused to throw out one of his first-degree murder indictment and declined to suppress incriminating statements he reportedly gave to Baton Rouge police in 2010.

Louding was implicated in the case against Terence Hatch-"Lil Boosie"-and is scheduled to stand trial next week. Hatch was acquitted last May on a charge of first-degree murder in the killing of the 35-year-old Boyd. Adrian Pittman pleaded guilty back in November to a manslaughter charged after being accused of acting as the getaway driver in that incident.

Louding's attorney had asked the judge in charge of the case to quash the first-degree

murder indictment in the Boyd case since the U.S. Supreme Court rules last June that states may not automatically impose life sentences without the possibility of parole on juveniles in murder cases.

In Louisiana, a conviction of first-degree murder carries the possibility of either death by lethal injection or life imprisonment. Because the 20-year-old Louding was a juvenile at the time of the Boyd's death, he is not eligible for the death penalty.

Louding's attorney intends to ask the state 1st Circuit Court of Appeal to review the denial of the judge's motion to quash the indictment.

In addition to this case, Louding is also charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of a local rapper back in 2009, and another second-degree murder from 2009.

Source: The Advocate, "Judge rules against Louding in murder-for-hire case," Joe Gyan Jr., March 12, 2014

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