*Rapper Lil Boosie has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, chief among them, first-degree murder.

The Baton Rouge artist, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, appeared Monday before state District Judge Mike Erwin, reports Billboard. Boosie’s attorney, Marcus Allen, spoke after the hearing and said Hatch is “absolutely not guilty.”

The rap star is accused of paying a man to kill 35-year-old Terry Boyd, who was shot to death through a window while inside his home on Oct. 21.

Two other Baton Rouge men also face first-degree murder charges in Boyd’s death.