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Grand jury indicts man on murder charges in Nipsey Hussle death

Grand jury indicts man on murder charges in Nipsey Hussle death
Candles surround a photograph of rapper Nipsey Hussle at a makeshift memorial. (Los Angeles Times)

A grand jury has indicted the man suspected of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle during an attack in South Los Angeles on March 31.

Eric Holder, 29, was indicted on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

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The indictment, unsealed Tuesday, also includes allegations that Holder personally used a handgun and caused great bodily injury and death.

He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court next month.

Authorities said Holder killed Hussle and wounded two other people at the rapper’s Slauson Avenue clothing store.

Hussle was outside his Hyde Park shop when a young man approached and opened fire at close range, killing Hussle and wounding two others. Police said Holder had gotten into a dispute with Hussle earlier in the day.

Holder, an aspiring rapper who went by the moniker Fly Mac, has sung of body bags, “38 gun blasts” and bloody homicides.

L.A. Police Chief Michel Moore told reporters in March that Holder got into a verbal altercation with Hussle: “Mr. Holder walked up on multiple occasions and engaged in conversations.”

Moore said investigators believed the shooting was the result of a “personal matter between the two of them” but would not elaborate.

Holder was being held on $6.5-million bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum of life in state prison.

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