A prosecutor told jurors Wednesday that rapper Nipsey Hustle was shot and killed outside his clothing store in a calculated, pre-determined manner by a man upset over a discussion about snitching. Prolonged delayed murder trial.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said at the time His opening statement “No doubt” Eric R. Holder knew in advance that he would kill Hustle. The prosecutor described the sequence of events, including two people who grew up in the South Los Angeles neighborhood three years ago, and a discussion about “snitching” before the rapper was shot and killed to help Hussein get back to life. Two others were injured in the shooting.
In addition to shooting Hustle at least 10 times, the holder kicked the rapper in the head before fleeing, McKinney told a jury meeting in a Los Angeles downtown court.
“Before he did that he clearly thought about what he was going to do,” McKinney told the judges about Holder’s intentions.
Holder, 32, was charged with one count of first-degree homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree homicide.
Hustle, a hip-hop artist, Ermias Asgedom, a father of two, and a native of southern LA, was shot and killed on March 31, 2019, in a parking lot outside his store, known as The Marathon.
McKinney said Holder and Hustle knew each other and that Rollins grew up in the same neighborhoods as members of the same gang in the ’60s.
In his opening statement, McKinney showed the jury videos and photos of the shooting and its aftermath. Pictures show the gunman fleeing the scene of the shooting, wearing a red shirt and bandage and possessing a semi-automatic gun and revolver. Two days after the monhunt, Holder was arrested and two months later he was indicted by the grand jury.
McKinney said the holder was a snitch and that it “needed to be cleared” was fired from hearing Hustle. Prior to the shooting, the rapper and two of his friends were in a “cold conversation” with Holder. He said Hussey visited the store without any security.
Attorney Aaron Johnson has done a tremendous job of defending the holder, who could face up to life in prison if convicted. Several eyewitnesses, known to both Holder and Hussle, told police and the grand jury that Holder went to Hussle and shot him.
Johnson said Hussein’s assassination was not premeditated and that the shooting of the other two was not intentional, adding to allegations of first-degree murder and attempted murder. He is also likely to turn the holder’s mental health into an issue.
On Wednesday, Jansen said the holder was triggered and did not have time to cool down before he shot and killed Hustle, citing “hot passion”.
Hermann “Cowboy” Douglas, a former gang member who worked at The Marathon, said that while listening to the conversation, Hustle did not use the original word “snitch”. He felt that Hustle was trying to give the holder some advice on the “chill” exchange. Holder asked Hustle if he had heard any recent music, but he said he did not perceive any animosity between the two.
“He’s saying, ‘I heard some paperwork floating there,'” Douglas said, recalling Hussle’s words with Holder. Douglas is an employee at a clothing store, cleaning the parking lot along with other duties. He said he was like his “younger brother” and considered himself a mentor to Husley.
Douglas, 49, wore a black jacket and T-shirt with the image of Hussey on it, “I did not see (paper work.) You have to take care of it,” Hustle added.
Another key witness who wanted to testify said the woman, McNee, had unknowingly worked as an escape driver for the holder, Brianita Nicholson.
Holder and Nicholson stopped for food near the marathon. It led to an opportunity meeting and brief conversation between Holder and Hustle.
McKinney said he “turned Eric Holder into a man who wanted to go back to the parking lot and kill Nipsey Hustle.”
After the shooting, McKinney said Holder told Nicholson, “Drive before I hit you.”
Prosecutors elected the jury for almost two weeks and expect the trial to continue for another two weeks.
Hussle, nicknamed the play on the famous 1970s comedian, was nicknamed for his work ethic because he slanged CDs. He spent years gaining dedicated followers through mix tapes and underground releases and broke with his first lead-label album. A Grammy nomination A few months before he was killed.
His death resonated around the world, but it was especially felt in his hometown, where people filled the streets to mourn his loss and mourn for him at a memorial in the 20,000-seat arena. Staples Center. Almost a year later the DJ Khalid, Meek Mill, John Legend and others celebrated his performance at the Grammy Awards in the same building, the same day another local hero, Kobe Bryant, died in a helicopter crash.
Hustle left London with his longtime partner, actor Lauren, who now has a 5-year-old son. He also now has a 13-year-old daughter.