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Sentencing hearing underway for Louding

3 years 10 months 2 weeks ago July 09, 2013 Jul 9, 2013 Tuesday, July 09 2013 July 09, 2013 9:37 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The sentencing phase of Michael Louding's murder trial began today with testimony from witnesses for both prosecutors and the defense.

In April a jury convicted Louding of first-degree murder in the death of Terry Boyd back in October 2009. He still faces five other murder charges.

Defense attorneys called Louding's mother as a witness, who talked about how a murder her son witnesses as a child changed him. She said he wouldn't go outside after the shooting because he was afraid, and she thinks he "changed" after that incident.

Prosecutors called an Angola State Penitentiary employee who testified about letters Louding wrote to Torrence Hatch, the rapper known as Lil Boosie, after his trial. Investigators said Louding confessed to being paid by Hatch for the killings, but prosecutors said he changed his story on the stand during Hatch's trial, which led to Hatch's acquittal.

News 2's Michael Shingleton will have more from today's sentencing starting at noon.

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