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June 4, 2022

Trial For Suspect Accused Of Killing Nipsey Hussle Begins After Three-Year Delay

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Trial For Suspect Accused Of Killing Nipsey Hussle Begins After Three-Year Delay

Justice for Nipsey Hussle.

Jury selection reportedly began on June 2.

Nipsey, 33 at the time, was gunned down outside his Marathon clothing store in California on March 31, 2019. Prosecutors say Eric Holder, 31, shot Hussle in the head and torso.

According to an unsealed transcript from a previous grand, Holder used a silver revolver and a black semi-automatic to kill Nipsey. Reports say Nipsey was shot ten times. After the gunfire stopped, Prosecutors say that Holder kicked Nip’s body in the head before he ran away.

Holder was arrested a few days later and indicted by a grand jury on May 9, 2019. He’s charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, and several other charges. 

On the sad day, Nipsey reportedly accused Holder of being a snitch. Nipsey was like, “Man, you know, they got some paperwork on you, you know. I haven’t read it, you know. Like you my bro, you know. Like maybe you need to take care of that, you know,'” one witness told the grand jury in early May of 2019.

After the shooting, Nipsey was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. COVID-19 initially delayed the trial. In the latest report, criminal attorney Rachel Fiset said the pandemic delay could possibly complicate the case. She told Eyewitness News“Witnesses may forget things, witnesses’ memories become hazy, people move away, that’s generally the issues with a longer trial.” 

The first-degree murder charge against Holder will require prosecutors to convince the jury that the shooting was premeditated. Fiset said, “I believe there was a six-minute delay between [Holder] talking, leaving, and coming back. That could be considered the premeditation for a first degree murder charge.”

Nipsey’s death broke hip hop’s heart. It was deeper than music because he provided jobs, made philanthropic moves, and had plans to expand. He earned the nickname “Neighborhood Nip.”

THE MARATHON CONTINUES 

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