Grand Jury Indicts Suspect on Murder Charge in Killing of Rapper Nipsey Hussle

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The man suspected of fatally shooting rapper Nispsey Hussle outside his clothing store in South L.A. and wounding two others was indicted by a grand jury, authorities announced Tuesday.

Eric Holder Jr., 29, was indicted on a count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possessions of a firearm by a felon, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

He entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday, when the indictment was unsealed.

Read: Indictment of Eric Holder Jr. in killing of Nipsey Hussle

Prosecutors had charged him on April 4 with the same counts, but obtaining a grand jury indictment means they can skip a preliminary hearing and head to trial, the Associated Press reported.

Holder allegedly shot and killed the 33-year-old Grammy-nominated artist outside The Marathon Clothing store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles on March 31. Two other men standing with Hussle — whose real name was Ermias Asghedom — were shot but not seriously injured.

Holder was arrested two days later in Bellflower.

Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from some type of dispute between the two, Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said in the aftermath of the deadly incident.

Holder is scheduled to return to court for a pretrial hearing on June 18. His bail has been increased to $6.53 million, according to the DA’s office.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted on all charges.

Candles surround a photograph of rapper Nipsey Hussle at a makeshift memorial in this undated photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)
Candles surround a photograph of rapper Nipsey Hussle at a makeshift memorial in this undated photo. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

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