An alleged hitman who confessed to committing a murder on the orders of rapper Lil Boosie stunned the defence and prosecution on Monday (07May12) after he retracted his admission during his trial testimony.
The hip-hop artist, real name Torrence Hatch, is charged with hiring Michael 'Marlo Mike' Louding to kill Terry Boyd in 2009.
Louding confessed to his involvement in the murder and told Baton Rouge detectives in Louisiana that the rapper paid him $2,800 (£1,750) to kill Boyd.
Hatch has denied the claims, and his lawyers have been busy building a case to absolve the 29 year old of wrongdoing and blame Louding for taking it upon himself to slay Boyd.
They argue Hatch barely knew Louding and that voices in his head caused him to commit the crime.
But the case was thrown into confusion on Monday when Louding changed his story during the third day of proceedings.
According to The Advocate, he denied taking the kill shot when called to testify under oath, and alleged that he had been at the star's house on the night of the murder with accused getaway driver Adrienne Pittman.
Louding stated he and Pittman never left the house that night.
The trial continues.