Posted: May 9, 2012 7:44 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: May 9, 2012 7:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - A computer forensic expert detailed the exact times certain lyrics were tracked in Torence "Lil Boosie" Hatch's studio the night Terry Boyd was murdered in October of 2009.
Konstantinos "Gus" Dimitrelos identified time stamps on a Dell Inspiron 530 computer and an external hard drive as to when tattoo pictures and lyrics were loaded and recorded.
Dimitrelos sifted through more than five million files and two terabytes of information.
He uncovered half a dozen lyrics from the song "187" that were recorded on October 20, 2009 between 11:24pm and 12:10pm. An hour later Baton Rouge Police responded to Vermillion Drive where Boyd had been murdered. Hatch is accused of paying Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding $2,800 to kill Boyd.
In court, Prosecutor Dana Cummings played each track, most of which "Boosie" rapped. One said, "I'm the John Gotti of the South Side. Yo Marlo, he drive a Monte Carlo. That (expletive) be grey, I want that (expletive) dead today, here go the cake." Dimitrelos said the time stamp indicated it was recorded at 11:26:50pm. The prosecution claims this lyrics shouts out to Louding and identifies a victim Hatch wants dead.
Two minutes later, another track said, "Five gone in six months... like a (expletive) up in a body bag."
These are just two examples, the prosecution calls Hatch's intent, motive and plan to kill Boyd. Hatch's defense team says the lyrics were written long before Boyd's murder.
"They're not relevant. Ant the one lyric that [Cummings] thinks applies, doesn't. There was no Monte Carlo at the crime scene, there's no ak47 used. She's doing everything she can to put a square peg in a round hole, and it's not going to fit," Martin Regan said.
Dimitrelos identified a 33 minute gap in the recordings between 12:15am and 12:48am; the time frame the prosecution says Boyd was killed.
Recordings picked up again around 12:50am when another half-dozen tracks from the song "Body Bag" were recorded.
Dimitrelos also pinpointed where a dozen cell phones were during the hours leading up to, and after the Boyd's murder. He said each time a call is placed, a phone shows up near a cell tower.
Based on cell phone tower data, one of the phones, belonging to Louding, placed three calls, then left the vicinity of Hatch's home around 11:38pm the night of the murder. Thirty minutes later at 12:10am, the phone pinged near Vermillion Drive where Boyd was murdered. Seven calls later, Dimitrelos' research showed Louding's phone returned to the vicinity of Hatch's home at 12:47am.
Testimony revealed, Louding didn't receive or place any calls to Hatch; facts the defense call important.
Hatch's attorney Martin Regan asked the expert, "Can you tell me who was on the phone in the area of Hatch's home? Can you tell me what was said on the phone? Can you tell me specifically where the phone was?"
Dimitrelos responded, "No idea. sir. We don't know who's holding the phone or who's dialing the numbers."
During Dimitrelos' research, he also found a iPhone picture of Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding's tattoo that has a picture of an ak47 and the words, "Hey Boosie, who's next?" He determined the picture was taken on November 4, 2009, two weeks after Boyd was killed. Adrain Pittman, implicated as the getaway driver, took a picture of a similar tattoo the same night, around the same time.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Carlos "Donkey" Webb took the stand to answer question about conversations he had with Louding following his murder arrests and confessions in 2010.
Webb said he's a "cousin" of Hatch, and "Louding reached out to me."
Webb told the jury he had been wrongfully convicted of murder years ago and could give Louding advise.
He said, "I told him to tell the truth. If Torence had anything to do with this, tell the truth. Just tell the truth."
Cummings played four recorded conversations Webb had with Louding in which Louding was asking for advice while in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Webb said on the phone, "Just follow my lead. I got you man."
Webb then told Louding how to handle questioning during sworn testimony saying, "Tell them you asked for a lawyer and didn't get one" and "Tell them you were spooked and tell them [police] said they were gonna get your mama. You gotta roll with that, I'm telling you."
Louding appeared to have followed those orders when he took the stand on Monday.
Cummings continued hard at Webb, until he said, "if Torence would have did it, I'd tell you. I'm not about to commit perjury and go back to jail."
Thursday the defense will begin their questioning of Webb.