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Mar 29, 2012 10:34 AM by AP

Anonymous jury planned for Lil Boosie trial

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Court officials say the rarely utilized practice of an anonymous jury will be used for the high-profile first-degree murder trial of rapper Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch.

The Advocate reports the trial of Hatch, accused in an alleged murder-for-hire in 2009, is scheduled to begin April 30.

East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said the last time he can recall an anonymous jury being used in a parish case was in 1987 for the trial of three Colombians accused in the machine-gun slaying of drug smuggler-turned-government informant Adler "Barry" Seal.

Moore, who noted that Hatch's attorneys did not oppose his office's request for an anonymous jury, said jurors will be identified only by number.

Hatch's attorneys dismissed any suggestion that threats have been made in the case.

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