On Wednesday, a jury delivered its guilty verdict in the trial of Eric R. Holder Jr., who fatally shot Nipsey Hussle outside the rapper’s clothing store in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019.
The jury found Holder guilty of first-degree murder, and he’s now facing life in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.
Holder, 32, was named as the suspect in the murder of Nipsey in the days following his death. He shot at the 33-year-old at least 10 times in the parking lot of The Marathon Clothing. The newly deemed guilty Holder was seen speaking with Nip prior to the shooting and shortly returned to the scene later with a firearm.
Eric R. Holder was first indicted on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder, assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon in May, 2019. He has been accused of carrying out the murder over allegations that he was labeled a “snitch,” which prompted him to confront the rapper and open fire. Holder’s legal team has denied that the murder was premeditated, and said it happened in the “heat of passion” less than 10 minutes after he confronted Nip on the snitching allegations.
The woman who drove Holder to Marathon recently said in court that she was unaware that he was planning to shoot the rapper and unknowingly became a getaway driver in the process.