The murder trial of Nipsey Hussle ‘s suspected killer will finally begin next month.
Eric Holder, who is suspected of shooting the rapper, will appear before a jury in a high-profile trial postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, a Los Angeles judge ordered both sides to return to court on June 2 to begin jury selection, Rolling Stone reported. Once a jury is selected, the testimony is expected to last two weeks.
“We look forward to the day when we can present evidence in court in this case. But for the COVID emergency, this case would have been tried some time ago,” said John McKinney, Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County.
Prosecutors allege that Holder fired at least 10 shots at Hussle on March 31, 2019, in the parking lot of the Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles with a black semi-automatic pistol in one hand and a smaller pistol in the other.
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Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, arrived “unannounced” at his store the day of the shooting and was talking with friends when Holder appeared unexpectedly. During their four-minute conversation, Nipsey allegedly accused Holder of snitching.
“Nipsey was basically looking out for him, telling him that, you know, ‘I haven’t read it, I don’t know if it’s true or not, but you need to address it.’ That’s what Nipsey was doing,” testified Herman Douglas, a witness who worked for Asghedom and was present for the conversation.
Holder left after the conversation and returned six minutes later. “Obviously that conversation about snitching was enough that it moved Eric Holder to a point of wanting to return to the parking lot and kill Nipsey Hussle,” McKinney told the grand jury. “As he approached, he was prepared to fire as many shots as necessary and shoot as many people as necessary to ensure that he killed Nipsey Hussle.”
Holder was indicted on one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder for the bullets that struck two bystanders, two counts of assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted as charged, he faces a possible life sentence.