The brother of a man accused of killing six people, including Baton Rogue rapper Chris "Nussie" Jackson, has been jailed since mid-June, for allegedly threatening to kill a witness involved with the case.
Derrick Louding, 22, was charged with witness intimidation, after he showed up at a woman's house and told her sister that he would shoot the house up until the occupants were dead.
He then allegedly brandished two fully loaded firearm magazines. According to Baton Rogue's The Advocate, Louding told the woman he was upset about his "boy being locked up."
Derrick Louding is the brother of a 17-year-old named Michael “Marlo Mike’’ Louding.
Michael Louding, along with Adrian Pittman, 36, and Trill Entertainment recording artist Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch, 27, were indicted in June of 2010 on first-degree murder charges, in the shooting death of a 35-year-old named Terry Boyd.
Michael Louding has also been indicted in five other deaths in the Baton Rogue area, including Chris "Nussie" Jackson, who was publicly feuding with Lil Boosie.
Hillar Moore, the District Attorney prosecuting the case, said that witness intimidation in Baton Rogue was common.
In May of 2009, Melvin Vernell Jr and Marcus Roach, managers of Trill Entertainment, were charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and illegal use of weapons.
The pair were accused of shooting rapper Bruce "Beelow" Moore in the face on July 4th 2005, in front of his store, Shop Smart Music and Fashion.
During their bond hearing, an FBI agent named Antony Jung testified that the men threatened witnesses in the case and a condition of their bail was to have no contact with the witnesses or they would immediately be thrown in jail.
Jung claimed that Vernell and Roach actually paid one witness to the shooting a $5,000 check drawn from a Trill bank account - which he claimed bounced.
The pair allegedly offered witnesses jobs and used brute force by beating another man connected to the case.
“If you see any of these people in a grocery store, you better leave. If you see any of them on one side of the street, you better get on the other side of the street,’’ Judge Michael Erwin told Vernell and Roach. “If you so much as sneeze in their direction, I’m going to put you in jail.”
In March of 2010, Vernell and Roach beat the attempted murder charge on a technicality, because the district attorney's office waited too long to bring the case to trial.
Both men are out on $350,000 bail, but still face weapons charges.
Police are still investigating Lil Boosie for as many as five murders, including his possible involvement in the death of rapper Christopher “Nussie” Jackson.
Lil Boosie remains incarcerated on a 1st degree murder for his allegedly paying to have 35-year-old Terry Boyd shot and killed and multiple drug offenses.
Additionally, Lil Boosie was charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute narcotics, three counts of conspiracy to commit possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of conspiracy to introduce contraband into a penal institute.
The rapper allegedly attempting to import codeine and marijuana into the Dixon Correctional Institute in Jackson, with the help of a girlfriend named Walnita Decuir and a correctional officer both of whom were also charged with drug offenses.
Is the So Icey crew beginning to melt? According to recent reports Gucci Mane and his former protégé Waka Flocka Flame are no longer on speaking terms, and it seems like Gooch doesn’t want to talk about it.
The Atlanta rapper recently appeared on iPower 92.1 in Richmond, Virginia but never completed the interview. Apparently the Warner Bros artist left the radio station after an off-air discussion came up about his relationship with Waka. [Watch below]
Following his unexpected exit, host A-Plus immediately went on-air to explain to listeners what transpired just seconds ago. “This is what happened, of course you heard we was on the air just talking to Gucci Mane, talking about the album and what not, you know doing the basic interview thing,” he said. “So we’re behind the scenes chopping it up with the listeners, they callin’ in, they showin’ Gucci love and we’re about to go back on the air. We’re about 30 seconds from going back on the air and we’re talking. And what we do behind the scenes is we prep our interviewees, letting em know this is what we’re gonna go over… One of those topics was Waka Flocka… So Waka went on DJ Drama show, in our sister station in Atlanta, and Waka was basically saying there is no relationship [between him and Gucci anymore]…But at the same time… he still has love for that dude. So, mind you this is still off the air…I ask Gucci is it cool to talk about that. He was like ‘what situation with Waka.’ And his immediate manager… he pulls him out the studio. And this is like 10 seconds before we go back on the air.”
Gucci has yet to address the incident