CBS Los Angeles reported that Eric Holder, the man accused of fatally shooting Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. The jury deliberated about six hours before reaching its verdict.
Holder, 32, was charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder because two bystanders were shot, according to the Associated Press — but a jury found him guilty of two counts of attempted murder instead.
Hussle, born in Ermias Ashgaid, KanOutside a clothing store in Los Angeles in March 2019. He was 33 years old.
When the trial began last month,Holder’s attack was premeditated. Deputy Attorney General John McKinney said there was “no doubt” Holder knew he was going to kill Hussle, adding that Holder shot Hussle at least 10 times and kicked him in the head before he escaped, according to the Associated Press.
McKinney said there was a rift between the pair — Hussle had heard Holder was a snitch and wanted to “clear it up,” the AP reported. The deputy attorney general said that the couple, along with two of Hussell’s friends, had a “nice conversation” with Holder before the attack, noting that Hussle had no security with him when he visited his store.
However, prosecutors had difficulty obtaining witnesses to testify. Police officerfor fear of being seen as a snitch, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Holder’s attorney, Aaron Jansen, told the jury that Hussle’s killing was not planned, and said Holder did not mean to shoot passersby. The Associated Press reported that he commented the attack on “hot passion”.
last week,While in a prison cell, Janssen told CBS News. Jansen said he was allegedly cut by a razor blade and taken to hospital, where he received an MRI and pins to the back of his head.
Victoria Albert contributed to the report.