Nipsey Hussle: Eric Holder found guilty of shooting rapper

Eric Holder, the man charged with the fatal shooting of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday, CBS Los Angeles reported. The jury deliberated for about six hours before reaching its verdict.

Holder, 32, was also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder because two bystanders were hit by gunfire, according to The Associated Press — but the jury instead found him guilty on two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, what? fatally shot outside his Los Angeles clothing store in March 2019. He was 33.

Nipsey Hussle Trial
Defendant Eric Holder listens during opening statements at his murder trial, Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles.

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When the trial started last month, prosecutors said: Holder’s attack was calculated and premeditated. Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said there was “no doubt” Holder knew he would kill Hussle, adding that Holder shot and kicked Hussle at least 10 times in the head before he ran away, according to the AP.

McKinney said there had been a dispute between the pair — Hussle had heard that Holder was a snitch and wanted to “clarify that,” the AP reported. The deputy district attorney said the couple, along with two of Hussle’s friends, had a “cool chat” with Holder prior to the attack, noting that Hussle had no security with him when he visited his store.

However, prosecutors struggled to get witnesses to testify. A police officer attributed their reticence to the fear of being seen as a snitch, the AP said.

Meanwhile, Holder’s attorney Aaron Jansen told the jury that Hussle’s murder was unplanned and that Holder had no intention of shooting the two bystanders. He pinned the attack on “heated passion,” the AP reported.

Last week, Holder was attacked by “multiple individuals” while he was in a cell, Jansen told CBS News. He would have been cut with a razor and taken to hospital, where he had an MRI and staples in the back of his head, Jansen said.

Victoria Albert contributed reporting.

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