Jul 6, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Jury finds man guilty of murder in death of rapper Nipsey Hussle

Stitches can be seen on the back of Eric Holder's head.

Eric R. Holder Jr. during closing arguments on June 30. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

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.
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