The Nipsey Hussle murder trial is underway and one of the first witnesses was Shermi Villanueva, a 47-year-old who was also injured in the parking lot of The Marathon Store.
During Villanueva’s testimony, the last words of Nipsey Hussle were recounted.
“’He shot me. He shot me,’” Villanueva said he heard Hussle say. “I heard it, and then I saw Nipsey fall. When I looked and see Nipsey, I started to run.”
Prosecutors state Hussle’s killer, Eric Holder was once considered a friend of the rapper and used two guns in the shooting. Holder opened fire on Hussle after going to eat lunch. Holder’s attorneys are not arguing that the murder is not premeditated. Holder is facing one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
You can see footage from inside the courtroom below.
“Eric was asking Nipsey, ‘Did you tell somebody I snitched?’” Nicholson testified.
“I was just excited, I was just happy, I just wanted to show my Facebook friends,” she added.
The two got back in the car, at which point Nicholson says Holder pulled out a pistol.
“I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ You put that away, you ain’t going to shoot nothing outside my car,’” Nicholson recalled. “He did put it away.”
Holder then allegedly asked her to pull into an alley so that he could eat, but when the car stopped, he said that he would be right back. Soon after, she heard gunshots and Holder got back in the car.
“I was like, ‘What happened?’” Nicholson testified. “He said, ‘You talk too much I ought to slap you.’ And he was just like, ‘Drive! Drive!'”
Holder faces one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. If convicted, Holder could be looking at life in prison.