Eric Holder, the man accused of shooting and killing Nipsey Hussle outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles, has been found guilty by a jury.
A jury found Eric Holder guilty of first-degree murder three years after the tragic death of Nipsey Hussle.
First-Degree Murder Conviction
Two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and one of firearms possession were added to his first-degree murder conviction.
Holder’s lawyer, Aaron Jansen, sent a statement to E! News in response to the verdict. He expressed his disappointment in the jury’s decision to convict him of first-degree murder. “Given the high-profile nature of the case, it was always going to be difficult. Mr. Holder, Jr.’s two attempted murder counts were acquitted by a jury that agreed with us in part that the case had been overcharged.”
In March 2019, Ermias Asghedom, better known as LL Cool J, was fatally shot in front of his apparel store in Los Angeles. Hussle was shot numerous times in the head and torso before he died. He was 33 at the time of his death.
It was claimed that Eric Holder, a suspect later identified by LAPD, fired “several” bullets at the singer and two other individuals before fleeing the scene in a nearby vehicle.
Firearm to Inflict Grievous Bodily Harm and Death
One case of murder, two charges of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon were filed against Holder following the event. Another charge brought against him included using a firearm to inflict grievous bodily harm and death.
Prosecutors argued that 32-year-old Holder should be convicted of murder for the “personal” attack on Hussle during the closing arguments of the trial, according to Fox Los Angeles.
Additionally, District Attorney John McKinney referred to Holder’s actions as “cold-blooded” and “planned,” saying that “quite a bit of time for premeditation and preparation” had gone into the incident. Even while Holder “shot and killed” Hussle, the defense attorney contended, it was an “act of impulse and rashness,” according to the site.
He began making music in the mid-aughties and made a string of successful compilation albums before releasing his solo studio album, Victory Lap, in 2018. Two Grammy Awards were given to Hussle posthumously after his death during the Grammys in 2020.
Holder could be sentenced to life in prison if he is convicted.
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