The man, who was suspected of murdering 33-year-old Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle in front of his South Los Angeles clothing store this weekend, pleaded no guilty Thursday.
Eric Holder, 29, was tried on Thursday afternoon with a homicide, two assassination attempts and one possession of a firearm by a criminal. If convicted, he faces a life imprisonment. His lawyer, Chris Darden, was named a prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson trial.
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Holder, an aspiring rapper and gang member, and Hussle knew each other and had several conversations. Holder finally returned with a handgun, shot Hussle and wounded two more men, according to the authorities.
Hussle managed to call his older brother Samiel after taking several shots, the Los Angeles Times reported. Samiel recalled running to the paramedics to see his younger brother lying on the ground. His blood stained his shirt, but he was still breathing.
He told the newspaper that in those last moments he believed his brother would be meant to be alive.
Samiel said he did the resuscitation until the paramedics arrived. When Hussle was loaded into the ambulance, Samiel saw for the first time the gunshot wound on the back of his brother's head, the newspaper reported. Hussle was declared dead in the hospital.
Hussle was a beloved figure in the community he wanted to rebuild, starting with his clothing store.
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The LA Times reported that because of its philanthropic streak, Hussle mainly hired offenders in his shop, whose criminal record makes it difficult to find work.
But it is forbidden for offenders to carry weapons, a fact that, according to Samiel, has allowed the shooter's brother several times.
"That's why the man was able to shoot my brother, run, realize that no one out there had a gun, stop, turn around, go up, shoot my brother two more times, start running, realize that nobody had a gun, no one responded, ran back and fired at my brother three more times, shot him in the head and kicked him in the head and ran away, "Samiel told the newspaper.
An exhaustive sentence The search lasted for two days before the authorities arrested Holder.
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Hussle, who was actually called Ermias Asghedom, had been successful in the hip-hop circle for ten years due to his coveted mixtapes with his major label debut album "Victory Lap", which was nominated for a Grammy.
Mariah Haas of Fox News contributed to this report.