Other crimes to be introduced at Michael Louding's trial
BATON ROUGE- Other crimes allegedly committed by accused murderer Michael Louding will be introduced at his trial in March.
State District Judge Trudy White made the ruling today, allowing the crimes to be introduced at trial.
"We could use the other crimes, also called 4B evidence, in the case against Michael Louding in the murder of Terry Boyd," Prosecutor Dana Cummings said today.
Louding is charged with the murders of six people: Terry Boyd, Chris "Nussie" Jackson, Marcus Thomas, Michael Smith, Darryl Milton and Charles Matthews.
He will go to trial first for the murder of Terry Boyd. Boyd was killed in a house on Vermillion Street in October of 2009.
Louding earlier this year had cut a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to testify against Torrence Hatch, also known as Lil Boosie, in exchange for less than a life sentence. When Louding took the stand, though, he never testified against Lil Boosie, who was acquitted of charges he arranged Boyd's murder.
"We made an agreement with him that he would receive a sentence of less than life if he testified truthfully in all those trials," Cummings said, "Well, he didn't make it through trial one, so of course there is no deal."
Louding faces five first-degree murder charges and one second-degree murder charge. The death penalty is not an option because Louding was a juvenile at the time he allegedly committed the murders.
Although the ruling today benefits prosecutors, they know they have their work cut out for them.
"The most important thing is for the jury to get to see his entire taped confession," Cummings said. "Unless they get to consider all the crimes he committed they will only get to see bits and pieces of a video taped statement. It will be hard for them to judge his demeanor and make a decision."
Louding's defense lawyer, Margaret Lagattuta indicated she intends to appeal the Judge White's ruling in court today, according to prosecutors. She could not be reached for a comment by news time.