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Security for DA's office increased during threat investigation

4 years ago June 15, 2011 Jun 15, 2011 Wednesday, June 15 2011 Wednesday, June 15, 2011 9:20:40 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ashley Rodrigue

BATON ROUGE-  Security is increasing for people involved in the high-profile Lil' Boosie case. 

It's because of threats made against the District Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge.  Investigators have not found credible concerns, but they are not taking chances.

The rapper, Lil' Boosie, or Torrence Hatch, is in jail on a drug conviction, but he faces charges in a murder-for-hire plot.  He also faces new charges of sneaking drugs into the state pen, where he's locked up.

The drug scheme was uncovered as authorities investigated threats against District Attorney Hillar Moore.

Now, Moore and his staff have law enforcement looking out for them.

Authorities say security is always increased during high-profile cases like this one, but when threats come into play, even if they can't be tracked down as legit, nothing is taken lightly.

State Police Lt. Doug Cain said, "This is obviously a high profile case. It's been going on for several years, but threats come in on all types of levels on all types of subjects and it's law enforcements responsibility to evaluate the threats to determine if they're credible or not credible and then take appropriate action."

While State Police would not detail what kind of security was given to D.A. Hillar Moore and his office during the investigation of the threats, one of the prosecutors working the Lil' Boosie case has been seen with bodyguards recently, and News 2 has learned security has been upped in places where the district attorney goes.

Moore did not want to comment on the situation, but Torrence Hatch's attorney says the concern is unnecessary and not because of his client.

"There's absolutely no connection between Torrence Hatch and any threats against Hillar Moore," said lead attorney Jason Williams, "Every phone call, every letter that goes in or out to him is being scrutinized more so than any other person in the world right now."

"He has no reason and has no ill will. He just wants his day in court," said Williams.

But some of Lil' Boosie's lyrics say differently, yet both Moore in the past, and State Police today say the songs are not a threat and have no bearing on the situation now.

"We don't get involved in all the chatter and the street talk and the songs, we take information in as a law enforcement agency, we evaluate it, we analyze it, we determine the credibility of it and we do that every day in our business," said Cain.

There have been no new charges filed on Hatch for any of the supposed threats investigated.  Authorities say, however, the case is still open.

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