A 32-year-old man has been found guilty of rapper Nipsey Hussle’s Murder in 2019.
Eric R Holder Jr was also found guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter by a jury in Los Angeles.
According to a Los Angeles court, the shooting (Nipsey Hussle’s Murder) occurred following a conversation in which Eric R Holder Jr was accused of being a police informant.
Holder, who was dressed in a blue suit and a face mask, did not respond when the jury announced its decision after about six hours of deliberation.
Holder and Hussle had grown up in the same South Los Angeles street gang and had known each other for years.
The shooting (Nipsey Hussle’s Murder) occurred after they and two others discussed rumors that Holder was an informant for authorities.
Witness reports and nearby surveillance cameras captured Holder’s arrival at the scene, the shooting, and his departure as evidence.
His lawyer, Aaron Jansen, did not deny his client was the shooter, but argued that jurors should find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter rather than murder.
Mr. Jansen claimed that accusing Holder of being an informant sparked a “heat of passion,” adding, “This is a provocation that stirs up rage and powerful emotion.”
However, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney stated that others involved in the conversation were calm, implying that this could not have been the motive.
Mr McKinney added that the time between the conversation and the shooting was more than enough for Holder to plan the killing (Nipsey Hussle’s Murder), which is a requirement for first-degree murder.
Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was 33 when he was gunned down outside his Los Angeles clothing store, having just released an album that earned him his first Grammy nomination.
According to the evidence presented in court, the father of two was shot at least ten times.
He was a resident of south Los Angeles, where he ran several businesses.
He was also a gun control advocate who was scheduled to meet with Los Angeles law enforcement to discuss ways to reduce gang violence.