According to reports from CBS Los Angeles, Eric Holder, the man who was charged in connection with the shooting death of Nipsey Hussle, who had been nominated for a Grammy, was convicted guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday. Before making a decision, the jury took almost six hours to deliberate the case.
Eric Holder Was Judged Responsible for Rapper Nipsey Hussle’s Death
According to The Associated Press, Holder, 32, was also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder because two bystanders were hit by gunfire. However, the jury found him guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter instead of the more serious attempted first-degree murder charges.
In March of 2019, Hussle, whose birth name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot and killed outside of the clothes business he owned in Los Angeles. He was 33.
When the trial started a month ago, the prosecutors stated that Holder’s attack was planned ahead of time and was the result of careful consideration. According to the Associated Press, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney stated that there was “no doubt” that Eric Holder knew he would kill Nipsey Hussle. McKinney also stated that Holder shot Hussle at least ten times and kicked him in the head before running away.
According to the Associated Press (AP), McKinney stated there had been an argument between the two individuals because Hussle believed Holder was a snitch and wanted to “clean it out.” The deputy district attorney stated that the two individuals, along with two of Hussle’s pals, had a “cool discussion” with Holder prior to the attack.
The deputy district attorney also mentioned that Hussle did not have any security with him when he visited his store. On the other hand, the prosecution had a difficult time convincing witnesses to testify. According to the Associated Press (AP), a law enforcement official stated that the suspects’ reluctance could be linked to their fear of being labeled as informants.
Aaron Jansen, a counsel for Holder, said in the meanwhile in front of the jury that his client did not intend to kill Nipsey Hussle and that Holder shot two bystanders inadvertently. According to the AP’s account, he attributed the incident to “hot anger.”
According to what Jansen told CBS News, Holder was assaulted by “several individuals” while he was being held in a detention cell the previous week. According to Jansen, he was allegedly injured by a razor and then transported to the hospital, where he underwent an MRI and had staples placed in the back of his head.