Torrence Hatch, better known as rapper Lil' Boosie, has been acquitted of first degree murder charges in a Baton Rouge court following six days of testimony and only one hour of deliberation from the jury.
On Thursday, the prosecution finished its case and Boosie's defense opted to not call any witnesses, telling NBC33 that they didn't believe the state had proved his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Supporters outside the court reacted with tears and applause upon hearing the not guilty verdict.
Boosie was accused of hiring Michael Louding, aka Marlo Mike, to kill Terry Boyd in 2009. The prosecution called nearly 30 witnesses during the trial, including Louding who earlier had admitted his involvement to authorities. However, he changed his story again in court on Monday, saying he had been coerced by detectives to give a confession.