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Closing arguments begin in Louding murder trial

3 years 6 months 14 hours ago April 26, 2013 Apr 26, 2013 Friday, April 26 2013 April 26, 2013 9:17 AM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - The prosecution and defense will present their closing arguments Friday morning in the murder trial of "Marlo" Michael Louding.

Minutes after the state rested its case Thursday, Louding's attorney Margaret Lagatutta did the same without calling any witnesses to refute the state's case.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings questioned a computer forensic expert about Louding's cell phone records the day Terry Boyd was killed in October 2009.

Gus Dimitrelos testified cell tower triangulation puts Louding's phone at Torrence Hatch's house before the murder, near the scene during and back at Hatch's after.

Hatch, known as rapper Lil Boosie, was found not guilty of paying Louding $2,800 to kill Boyd.

Wednesday night Adrian Pittman, the get away driver in Boyd's murder, testified against Louding spelling out their involvement in the killing.

Pittman pleaded guilty to manslaughter in November and agreed to testify for a lesser sentence. Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, which Pittman was expected to get if he didn't testify.

District Attorney Hillar Moore said he thinks Pittman will receive 20 years for his truthful testimony.

Louding is implicated in five other murders over a 14 month span.

When arrested in May 2010, police interviewed him for hours about the murders in which he confessed to many of them.

During Hatch's murder for hire trial last May, Louding recanted his taped confession telling the jury he was lying when initially questioned by police.

Louding was not given that opportunity this week.

News 2 will have updates on WBRZ.com throughout the day on Twitter.com @MikeShingleton.

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