Man pleads not guilty to killing Nipsey Hussle

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed the charges against 29-year-old Eric Holder, who is set to appear in court Thursday afternoon.

As The Blast reported, Holder allegedly opened fire on Nipsey Hussle while the rapper was outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday.

During the hearing, Darden argued against allowing media outlets in the courtroom to record the proceeding but the judge allowed access.

The suspected gunman, Eric Holder, has been arrested and taken into custody. He is being held on $5 million bail and scheduled to be back in court May 10, TMZ reports. Darden declined to speak to reporters as he left the courthouse. According to the LAPD, he approached Nipsey outside of his Marathon Clothing store before fatally shooting him and injuring two others. Investigators say the slaying was motivated by a personal dispute between the two men.

The not guilty plea means that Eric Holder will stand trial and is facing the maximum sentence of life in prison. A woman who drove Holder away from the scene has not been arrested or charged in the case. Holder pleaded not guilty on Thursday. He has a previous conviction for carrying a loaded firearm, the paper said.

Hussle's death prompted grief and outrage among residents in the Crenshaw neighbourhood, where the rapper grew up, and among his fans, who saw him as a symbol of hope and self-improvement.

The rapper died from a gunshot wound to the head, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said.

  • Jacqueline Ellis