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- In 2019, rising rap star Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed outside his own South LA clothing store. A jury has just found the shooter, a man named Eric R. Holder, guilty of first-degree murder.
A jury has found Eric R. Holder Jr. guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Nipsey Hussle in March 2019.
Reports indicate that he was also convicted of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter as he injured bystanders when he was shooting the rapper, assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
His sentencing is scheduled for September 15.
On March 31, 2019, Holder Jr. supposedly approached Hussle outside of his Marathon clothing store in Los Angeles to confront him for alleging labelling him a snitch. Holder Jr.’s attorney, Aaron Jansen, attempted to convince jurors that his client’s actions should be considered voluntary manslaughter “and that he acted in a heat of passion. And we told you what that heat of passion that he acted on consisted of — it consisted of being called publicly a snitch by someone as famous as Nipsey Hussle and we believe that is what the evidence showed.”
Prosecutor John McKinney argued, however, that Hussle’s shooting was properly planned and not executed due to fiery emotions. “We have a step by step methodically carried out plan to return to that parking lot and kill. It’s not done in the heat of passion, in fact, it’s done 10 minutes after the conversation, in fact it’s done after he shakes Nipsey Hussle’s hand,” he said.
Eric R. Holder Jr. ‘s attorney said they plan to appeal.
Eric R. Holder Jr. was attacked and cut with a razor while in a jail holding cell over one week ago. One of the individuals used a razor and cut Holder on the back of his head. He was hospitalized and the head wound was stapled.
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