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Michael Louding's trial set to begin this month

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BATON ROUGE - The man accused of killing at least six people in Baton Rouge is scheduled to go to trial for one of the killings in nine days.

Michael Louding, also known as "Marlo Mike," is charged with five counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder in the killings of Terry Boyd, Chris "Nussie" Jackson, Marcus Thomas, Michael Smith, Darryl Milton and Charles Matthews.

Louding is scheduled to go to trial first for Boyd's murder, which occurred in October of 2009.

Defense lawyers said there are challenges in this case due to the high profile nature of it.  Louding was scheduled to testify against Torrence Hatch, also known as Lil Boosie, last year.  Prosecutors said he changed his story on the stand, which ultimately led to Lil Boosie's acquittal in a murder for hire plot.

"It's essentially the same witnesses, the one difference is the third person tied to these crimes, Adrian Pittman, has made a deal with the state to testify against Michael," Defense Attorney Margaret Lagattuta said.

Prosecutor Dana Cummings said last year she is aware of Louding's courtroom antics and is ready for the trial.

"We don't expect him to cooperate with his own prosecution," Cummings said last year.  "We are prepared for that."

The death penalty is off the table because Louding was younger than 17 at the time the murders occurred.  The trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection on April 18.


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