As southern rapper Lil’ Boosie is on 23-hour lock down, his team is working hard behind the scenes to free him. Boosie’s lawyer, Martin Regan, recently spoke to On WAX Magazine about the rapper’s well being and gave updates.
“There’s an individual that’s claimed that Torence Hatch is the person that sent him, hired him to go and kill somebody. It’s my appreciation that this individual has, at this point, withdrawn that statement and simply admitted that this isn’t true,” Regan said. “This particular fellow that we’re dealing with has killed three or four people.”
It’s alleged that Lil’ Boosie hired teenager Michael “Marlo Mike” Louding to do the killings. Boosie, 28, — real name Torence Hatch — is in Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola facing a first-degree murder charge stemming from the October 2009 murder of Terry Boyd.
There were reports that Lil’ Boosie may face the death penalty.
“He’s doing fine. He’s very upbeat. He feels that he will definitely get cleared,” said Regan on his way to New Orleans. “Based on my investigation and what I see, we’re out of the death penalty. We’re not looking at the death penalty since I got on this case.”
Regan joined the case with Jason Williams in July.
“At this point, we’re going to have a very mixed group of citizens sitting on the case, which I’m very pleased with. Based on our evidence and our witnesses, I think our chances are extremely good that he’s going to be found not guilty in the murder case,” Regan said.
Pretrial motions will start at the end of November, Regan said. Pretrial motions are motions that are made before the actual trial. A lawyer may move to suppress evidence, allow or not allow certain witnesses, or ask for a complete dismissal of the charges. If dismissal is not granted, a trial date will be set.
Hash tags aren’t dollar signs
A number of fans have taken to the social media streets by creating Twitter hash tags such as #freeboosie or have joined the rapper’s Facebook page. While this is a good show of support, Boosie’s move for freedom isn’t free.
The Lil’ Boosie Defense Fund has been seeking funds to pay his lawyers since the rapper went into prison. According to www.boosiejustice.com, a website created by close friends and family, sales of T-shirts, hoodies and music available at www.boosiegear.com go towards an estimated $250,000 in attorney fees.
“We’ve been selling T-shirts and things. It was doing well until he got the other charge… the contraband charge, things kind of slowed down,” said Andre Wright, who works with Boosiejustice.com. “They sold over like $10,000 worth of T-shirts. We’ve been working with Yo Gotti and Jeezy; they are two of Boosie’s closest friends and they’re going to help out with the lawyer fees and everything… We’re going to try to put the word out to other major artists because really no one knows the situation.”
Wright said they are trying to do other things to raise funds.
“We’ve recovered some of his music (from the district attorney, whose office took a hard drive) and the first offer we had for the music, someone offered $25,000 for a feature. We’re working to get that finalized. We recovered some of those files… not all of them.”
When the story “Connie Hatch: The truth about Lil’ Boosie” was reported by On WAX, Connie Hatch, Boosie’s mother, said Young Jeezy was the only rapper to come to her aid. Since then, Young Jeezy and fellow rapper Yo Gotti reached out to Lil’ Boosie’s mother. Both rappers’ assistants spoke on their behalf and said financial support is on the way.
“I reached out to Ms. Connie and I let her know the situation,” said Carbon 15, Young Jeezy’s assistant. “We talked a couple of times. She gave me a contact to the lawyer. I talked to the lawyer and he told me what’s going on. Jeezy told him he’s willing to help. They got a nice lil’ bill left over and I think if not, a few months, he’s going to take care of the bill in a couple of months. We’re actually about to send out the first payment this month.”
The pair recorded some songs before Boosie went into prison.
“We’re about to drop those right now,” said Carbon 15. “(We’re) just waiting on these couple of files to come back on Boosie’s end and we’re about to mix them and put them up there. We’re going to let his name live until he can get back out here.”
Lil’ Boosie’s oldest daughter, Iviona, made a song for her father and she’s selling it to get money for his defense fund as well.
Yo Gotti called and wanted Connie Hatch to come to New Orleans a few weeks ago to meet.
“We’ve been pretty hands on with the situation. We tried to get added to the visitation list. They said family only. Basically, we’ve been talking to the lawyers,” said B. Mimms, who is a part of Yo Gotti’s management team. “We’re helping with the financial part of taking care of the lawyers. We were supposed to go visit Ms. Hatch last week, but the tropical storm happened.”
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