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Jury finds Eric Holder guilty of murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle

Published:Wednesday | July 6, 2022 | 4:05 PM
Thirty-two-year-old Eric Holder was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday.
Thirty-two-year-old Eric Holder was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday.

LOS ANGELES (AP):

Jurors found a 32-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday for the 2019 fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

The Los Angeles County jury also found Eric R. Holder Jr guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter for gunfire that hit other men at the scene. Prosecutors had sought two counts of attempted murder. Holder was also found guilty of two counts of assault with a firearm on the same men.

A jury of nine women and three men deliberated for about six hours over two days before reaching the verdict. Most of their deliberations took place Friday, and they promptly came to their unanimous decision Wednesday, briefly reconvening after a four-day break.

Typos on the verdict form compelled jurors to briefly return to the deliberation room to correct and sign them while attorneys, reporters and others waited in the courtroom. No family or friends of Hussle were in the room when the verdict was read.

Holder could get life in prison when he's sentenced on September 15.

Hussle, whose legal name is Ermias Asghedom, died at age 33. He had just released his major-label debut album, which earned him his first Grammy nomination, when he was gunned down.

He was a widely beloved figure in Los Angeles, especially in the South LA area where he grew up and remained after gaining fame, buying property and opening businesses.