Trial for Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer Set for January

In Summary

Three years after the murder of Nipsey Hussle the accused killer, Eric Holder, will finally face trial early next year.

The man allegedly responsible for rapper Nipsey Hussle’s death will face trial on Jan. 5, 2022, three years after he was gunned down in front of his Marathon Clothing store.  

Eric Holder’s attorney, Aaron Jansen told Rolling Stone magazine that his client is “nervous, but he knows it’s time to get the case moving to trial. ” 

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Holder is accused of confronting the hip hop activist about Hussle allegedly being a snitch. Per court documents, he left the conversation only to return later on firing a weapon at Hussle. Hussle died after a bullet hit him in the head and torso.  

Holder pleaded not guilty for one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony possession of a firearm in connection with the fatal shooting.  Surveillance video showed Holder at the shooting and an eyewitness says she saw him with a gun at the scene. 

Unfortunately, the trial has been delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the retirement of his previous judge and the resignation of his former lawyer Christopher Darden. 

 Darden was replaced by Jansen, who plans to focus on Holder’s mental health during the trial. 

“One of the things affecting him [in March 2019] was that his mother had just passed away,” Jansen said. Adding that Holder was experiencing “a substantial mental health issue” and was “off his medication” the day of the shooting.” 

Jansen did not go into specifics of Holder’s medical diagnosis in his interview with Rolling Stone. 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here.    

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