Eric Holder, 32, was found guilty of 1st degree murder in the killing of west coast rapper Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom.
Along with the murder conviction Wednesday, Holder was also convicted of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and two counts of assault with a firearm for the wounds caused to two others in the area.
Hussle was shot and killed outside of his south L.A. store, Marathon Clothing, on March 31, 2019, after he and holder had a heated discussion earlier in the day.
“Nipsey Hussle was a beloved member of our community. He showed a commitment to improving schools within his neighborhood and investing in underserved communities,” District Attorney Gascón said Wednesday. “Today we secured accountability for the loss of his life and will continue to work alongside so many others to realize a brighter future. We know there is no way to replace what was taken from his family, friends and fans who loved him but we pray this verdict will move them one step closer to finding peace.”
Witness Herman Douglas, who worked in the shopping center owned by Hussle at the time, testified that Hussle and Holder had a conversation in relation to gang-related rumors that Holder had “snitched” to police in past legal proceedings, which was frowned upon in gang culture.
The witness also said Hussle did not approach Holder in a threatening manner, but in a familial manner, telling Holder to “address it.”
Holder then allegedly left the shopping center, before returning 9 minutes later with a gun, killing Hussle and injuring two others.
The trial for Nipsey Hussle’s murder began June 2, with closing deliberations taking place last Thursday, June 30.
In the trial, Holder’s attorney argued that 1st-degree murder was an excessive charge that should have been reduced to manslaughter.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney countered Holder’s argument, saying it was premeditated, as enough time had passed between the first encounter between he and Hussle and the shooting.
Holder is scheduled to be sentenced September 15, facing life in prison.
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