Nipsey Hussle’s Shooter Pleads Not Guilty To Charges of Murder

Written by on April 11, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Eric Holder, the man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle, was charged with murder on Thursday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.

Holder was arrested on Tuesday, just two days after Hussle was fatally shot outside his clothing store, Marathon Clothing, in Los Angeles. The 29-year-old allegedly opened fire and killed Hussle while wounding two other victims. He was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of firearm by a felon.

He appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to these charges. Holder is being held on a $5 million bail.

If proven guilty, Holder could face life imprisonment as a maximum penalty. He is represented by defense lawyer Chris Darden, who was a former prosecutor on O.J. Simpson’s murder trial in 1992, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. Holder is expected to return to court on May 10.

Hussle, whose real name is Ermias Joseph Agshedom, is a Grammy-nominated rapper and community activist. According to sources, Hussle and Holder got into a personal dispute before the shooting took place. Their interaction was evidenced by a video footage, The New York Times reported.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore told reporters on Tuesday that Hussle and Holder were talking at the clothing store before the latter left and returned with a gun, thereafter shooting Hussle fatally multiple times. He fled the crime scene in a white Chevy Cruze that was driven by a female driver.

Although Holder was believed to be a member of the gang, police ruled out gang violence or gang-related activities as the cause of Hussle’s killing.

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