Opening statements for the murder trial of Nipsey Hussle set to commence

Three years after Nipsey’s shooting, Los Angeles was shaken by the news that the murder trial of the gunman has begun.

Opening statements will be heard by the jury on Wednesday morning in downtown L.A. at a courthouse.

Grammy-winning artist Ermias Aghedom was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles’ Hyde Park neighborhood in March 2019.

He was shot to the head, and his torso were gunshot wounds. He was only 33 years old at that time.

Eric Holder was identified by Los Angeles Police Department as the suspect in the slaying. He had been involved in a dispute with Hussle.

The suspect was arrested in Bellflower, after a 48-hour manhunt.

Holder was charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder, and possessions by felon of a firearm.

After the rapper’s killing, a large memorial grew Outside the Marathon Clothing StoreAs community members mourned the rapper, who was an integral part of the community’s civic life and philanthropy in South L.A., they also cried.

Tens of thousands of people marched in South L.A., Inglewood for the funeral procession of his father. 

Hussle was an entrepreneur and community activist in South L.A. and offered work to those who were struggling. He also worked to bring economic growth to the area around Crenshaw Boulevard.

He bought the strip mall in which he was shot and planned to turn it into a commercial or residential development.

He also had a meeting with Chief Michel Moore of the LAPD to discuss gang violence prevention and youth support.

Hussle often spoke about coming of age as a member of the Rollin’ 60s Crips when he was younger.

Hussle was taking photos and signing autographs with his fans at the strip-mall the day Hussle was murdered. Approached by Holder and Holder had a four-minute conversation. Then, Holder turned the topic to snitching. reported2019

“Apparently, the conversation had something to do with [Hussle] telling Mr. Holder that word on the street was that Mr. Holder was snitching,”Atty. Atty. John McKinney testified before a grand jury in May 2019.

Officials say Holder returned soon after and allegedly opened fire on Hussle. He also allegedly injured two other people in the parking area.

Holder, who has pleaded guilty, could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted.

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