After a two-week trial, the jury returned with a verdict of guilty on one count of first-degree murder as reported by CBS.
Holder shot and killed Nipsey Hussle and wounded two bystanders on March 31, 2019, in the parking lot of the Victory Lap rapper’s The Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles. According to witness testimony, the shooting was triggered by Holder asking Nipsey if the rapper told people Holder snitched.
One of the prosecution’s key witnesses was Bryannita Nicholson, 35, a friend of Holder who had been driving him around on the day of the murder. She told jurors that she and Holder went to the shopping plaza that day to get something to eat at a nearby Master Burger restaurant when they spotted Nipsey in the parking lot in front of his store.
Nicholson, whose name was previously being withheld, was the witness who told the police in 2019 that Holder’s alleged snitching is what led to Nipsey’s shooting. She went to the Los Angeles Police Department the day following the killing after seeing her license plate on television, but was initially turned away. She was later offered witness protection after credible threats were made on her life.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said that Holder and Nipsey Hussle had a dispute prior to the shooting due to rumors that Holder was a snitch. McKinny also revealed that Nipsey was accompanied by two friends, though he didn’t have security with him.
The trial went on for three weeks. Holder was also found guilty of two counts of assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon. The jury did not find Holder guilty of premeditated attempted murder.
Last month, Eric Holder was attacked by other inmates when he was waiting to be taken to court. The attack pushed the trial back by one day due to the injuries Holder sustained including a laceration to his head that needed staples.