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Jury finds suspect guilty of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle

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Nipsey Hussle’s image is shown on a large screen. (File Photo: REUTERS/Mike Blake)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters)

A California man was found guilty today (July 6) of killing Grammy-winning Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle in 2019.

A jury in Los Angeles County Superior Court convicted Eric Ronald Holder Jr, 32, of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Hussle outside a clothing store the rapper owned in south Los Angeles.

Prosecutors said Holder shot Hussle at least 10 times when the pair had a chance meeting on a Sunday afternoon in the neighbourhood where they both grew up. After a brief conversation, Holder left and then returned about 10 minutes later and opened fire, killing Hussle and wounding two bystanders.

Eric Holder looks on during closing arguments in ‘the People v Eric Holder Jr’ murder trial over the death of Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 30, 2022. (File Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Pool via REUTERS)

Public defender Aaron Jansen acknowledged that Holder killed Hussle but argued that he should not be convicted of first-degree murder because he said the attack was not pre-meditated.

Jansen told jurors that Holder acted in “the heat of passion” after Hussle told him there were rumours of him “snitching” to police, which he considered a serious offense.

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