Posted: May 2, 2012 10:10 AM
Updated: May 2, 2012 10:10 AM
Source: WBRZ NEWS
BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors and the defense team have agreed on seven jurors to decide the fate of Torrence Hatch also know as rapper "Lil Boosie."
He's accused of hiring Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding to kill Terry Boyd in October of 2009.
Jury selection continues as both sides will find five additional jurors and two alternates to fill the panel. So far, the 12 person jury consists of five women and two men.
Tuesday the panel answered questions about everything from their knowledge and desire of rap music to what they've heard about the case.
The majority said they didn't like or care for rap music, but most said they were impartial toward rappers.
Juror number 362 said "I'm a middle aged woman, not a big fan of rap." She went on, "I don't dislike somebody because they're a rapper or like rap music."
Two of the women selected have no knowledge of the case or notoriety surrounding the defendant.
"I have no idea what this case is even about at this point," Juror number nine, a middle-aged female said.
"To me it's not whether or not he sings that kind of music, it's whether or not the facts show he did something wrong," Juror number 25, another middle-aged woman with no prior knowledge of Hatch or this case said.
Two of the 14 questioned Tuesday were removed from the pool of potential jurors due to their prior knowledge and their unwillingness to be impartial.
Juror number 526 said he had vast knowledge of the history of the case and said he didn't know if he would want someone with his knowledge on the jury if he were on trial.
Number 496, also well versed on the case, said he was concerned with Hatch's music and his influence on the youth in Baton Rouge.
Both middle-aged men were cut.
The jurors remain anonymous and are strictly identified as their given number.
Opening statement could begin Thursday or Friday if the attorneys agree on seven more jurors.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the day, and I'll have them on Twitter @MikeShingleton frequently.
News2's Michael Shingleton is in court following jury selection.
Updates throughout the day on the web as well as on News2 beginning at Noon and continuing newscasts starting at 4pm.