Los Angeles, CA–A verdict is expected this week in the Eric Ronald Holder Jr., trial for the murder of Los Angeles rapper and businessman Nipsey Hussle. After 8 days of testimony, the jury began deliberations last week, for over 30 minutes and resume tomorrow morning in Downtown Los Angeles.
Born Ermias Asghedom, the late rapper was gunned down in 2019 at his Marathon Clothing store property located near the corner of Crenshaw on Slauson Avenue.
Holder was picked up two days later in Bellflower at a mental health facility by police.
Jurors are trying to come to an agreement in a clear murder case that has turned into a bizarre trial of “street politics” thanks to Holder’s defense. Attorney Aaron Jansen wants the jury to consider manslaughter in Holder’s case, while the prosecution is asking for Holder to be charged with murder, as well two counts of attempted murder for injuring two other people during the shooting.
Jansen argued that Holder shot Nipsey Hussle during the heat of the moment, in a “crime of passion” due to a conversation revolving around “snitching.” Although, at least 8-9 minutes passed before Holder returned to the parking lot after the conversation, with a gun and shot Nipsey Hussle and others.
A conversation that is still unclear–in terms of what exactly was said and who may or may not have brought the conversation up. Nipsey Hussle’s big homie and former employee Cowboy, has been vocal and adamant on social media during the trial that Nipsey Hussle never disrespected Holder during their brief encounter leading up to the shooting.
The getaway driver, who drove Holder from Long Beach to Los Angeles that day in 2019, has been granted immunity and told police that while she tried to take a picture with Nipsey Hussle, Holder brought up snitching claims which made him uncomfortable.