Torrence “Lil Boosie” Hatch‘s Trill Entertainment executives Melvin Vernell and Marcus Roach have reportedly been linked to the 2005 attempted murder of rapper Bruce “Beelow” Moore.
The two men were released from a Louisiana jail on $350,000 bonds Monday (May 18) afternoon.
State District Judge Mike Erwin also sternly ordered Melvin Vernell Jr. of Baton Rouge and Marcus Roach of Prairieville not to have any contact with the victims, witnesses or their family members. Erwin, following a two-day hearing last week, ruled Monday that East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors failed to prove Vernell and Roach, both 35, are flight risks or pose an imminent danger to the community. The judge, however, ordered Vernell and Roach to be electronically monitored and imposed a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on both. (2TheAdvocate)
The judge also warned both individuals about their actions upon being released on bonds.
“If you see any of these people in a grocery store, you better leave,” Erwin said about Beelow’s family. “If you see any of them on one side of the street, you better get on the other side of the street. If you so much as sneeze in their direction, I’m going to put you in jail. I’m sticking my neck out on a limb. I don’t want that limb falling down.” (WBRZ News)
Both Vernell and Roach had their murder case initially dropped before being brought back to court last May .
When the two were initially arrested in 2005 for the shooting of Moore, they were charged with attempted second-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal use of weapons. The two were released on $50,000 bond and the case was dropped one year later. On May 8, 2009, prosecutors filed a new bill against the two charging them with attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of weapons, aggravated battery, armed robbery, aggravated assault with a firearm and possession of an illegal firearm by a convicted felon, all in connection with the shooting of Moore who survived being shot twice in the face in front of his own business, Shop Smart Music and Fashion. (Hip Hop RX)
Recently arrested on assault charges, Lil Boosie released a video earlier this month addressing the arrest and showcasing his confidence in beating the case.
“First of all, I wanna thank all my fans for supporting me through my trials and tribu-hatin’,” Boosie said in a video. “I wanna thank y’all for that. People probably saw me on the news, it ain’t really that, they gave me a $400,000 bond. I wanna thank all my fans for the support. Shout-out to everybody who helped me down on MySpace and all the haters who were on MySpace, really hatin’ on me and wanna see me in situations even though I’m going through a couple of situations right now, I still won’t get convicted. They really want me convicted so I can’t ride with my tool and all that, but I wanna thank y’all for y’all support. And all my real fans, even my haters my fans. They loved me before they hated. Right haters?” (Trill Entertainment)
An exact trial date for Vernell and Roach has not yet emerged.