On Wednesday morning, a jury heard opening statements in the case against Eric Holder Jr., who is accused of shooting the 33-year-old rapper outside his Marathon clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.
According to TMZ, Assistant District Attorney John McKinney revealed “chilling” details in court, telling the jury that Holder approached Nipsey before firing several times in the parking lot outside the store. He then walked up to Nipsey’s bullet-riddled body and kicked his in the head.
The prosecutor told the downtown Los Angeles courtroom that Holder told Nipsey, “You’ve passed.” Hussle replied, “You caught me,” before Holder fled the scene.
McKinney said Holder’s kick to Nipsey’s head showed it was a personal attack. Holder’s public defender argued that this happened in the heat of the moment.
Hussle was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The prosecutor determined that he died from bullet wounds to the head and torso, and ruled that his death was homicide.
Holder was arrested a few days later and charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convict. He has pleaded not guilty and is being held in solitary confinement. If convicted as he was charged, he faces a possible life sentence.
Testimony in the high-profile case, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, is expected to last two weeks.
Lil Wayne Denied Entry Into U.K. Over Past Criminal Record
The young mercenary rapper was scheduled to perform at the Strawberries & Creem Festival on Saturday, June 18, but the festival organizers denied entry “at the last minute” by the Home Office, festival organizers said Wednesday.
“We are very sorry to inform you that due to extreme circumstances beyond our control or influence, Lil Wayne was unable to perform at the festival on Saturday, June 18,” he said in a statement from Strawberries & Creem. “Lil Wayne’s entry into the UK was denied directly by the Home Office in a last-minute decision. We are deeply disappointed by this sudden and negative decision.”