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24 Dec

Eric Holder Found Guilty Of Murder In Death Of

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It only took the jury six hours over two days to seek out 32-year-old Eric R. Holder, Jr. guilty of first-degree murder within the 2019 shooting of Nipsey Hussle.

A jury in Los Angeles County also found him guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter for the gunfire that hit other people on the scene.

Through the trial, his lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Aaron Jansen, admitted that Holder shot Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, but argued for a lesser verdict of voluntary manslaughter.

In an email to the Associated Press, Jansen said he was “deeply disenchanted” in the decision, adding, “It was at all times going to be tough given the high profile circumstances surrounding the case.”

While he and Holder were grateful that the jury agreed that the attempted murder counts were overcharged, the plan for them each is to appeal the murder conviction.

A lot of the jury deliberations took last Friday, they usually promptly got here to their unanimous decision Wednesday, briefly reconvening after a four-day break.

“We’re each proud, and I’m just a little relieved that the decision got here in a whole, absolute agreement with the fees that Eric Holder murdered Ermias Asghedom in cold blood,” Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said outside the courtroom.

“We hope that today is a day during which the Asghedom family and the buddies and fans of Nipsey Hussle all over the world will find some measure of closure.”

Hussle, who had risen to popular culture prominence within the years leading as much as his murder, had shown himself to be a bastion of hope for his community in Crenshaw and was a staunch supporter of the independent grind of which he became known.

Upon the judge reading the decision, there have been no relatives or colleagues of Nipsey’s within the room, nor did any attend the trial.

Holder is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 15, where he could face 25 years to life in prison.

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