Jury finds man guilty of murder in death of rapper Nipsey Hussle
Jurors on Wednesday found a 32-year-old man guilty of first-degree murder in the 2019 fatal shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle, the Associated Press reports.
Why it matters: Hussle, a 33-year-old rapper from California, was gunned down soon after the release of his major-label debut album "The Marathon," which earned him a Grammy nomination.
Details: The Los Angeles County jury found Eric R. Holder Jr. guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter in addition to the first-degree murder charge, according to NPR.
- Jurors deliberated for six hours over two days to reach the verdict.
- Holder faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced in September, NBC News reports.
The backdrop: Hussle and Holder knew each other and grew up within the same South Los Angeles street gang, AP reports.
- The two had a chance meeting outside of a clothing store in which they spoke about rumors Holder had become an informant for the police, per AP.
- Witnesses said Holder returned to the store later in the day with a gun, where he opened fire on Hussle, NBC reports.
The big picture: The verdict closes a legal battle over Hussle's death that had lasted more than three years and had been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, AP reports.
- Hussle was an advocate against gun violence, NBC News reports. Before his death, he was scheduled to meet with Los Angeles police to discuss ways to stop gang violence.