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Eric Holder Allegedly Pistol-Whipped Man 1 Hour Before Nipsey Hussle Shooting

Aby Rivas
May 22, 2019
12:47 P.M.
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Nipsey Hussle’s murder suspect, Eric Holder, got into a violent physical altercation with a neighbor one hour before gunning down the rapper in front of his Marathon store, according to a statement from two new witnesses in the case.


Two New Jersey sisters offered sworn statements to the L.A. County DA's Office claiming that Eric Holder pistol-whipped their male friend after claiming the man sold him laced marijuana.

Eric Holder appears for arraignment with his Attorney Christopher Darden on April 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: GettyImages


According to the records, obtained by TMZ, the sisters explained to prosecutors that an unnamed male friend of theirs visited their home in New Jersey on April 9, asking them to stay with them because he had an altercation with a neighbor and was scared.

However, the man didn’t delve into details of the incident initially.

The women noticed their friend was nervous and paranoid and demanded to know the complete story of the altercation.

Nipsey Hussle performs at Hollywood Palladium on February 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: GettyImages



According to their friend, who is a band, Eric Holder lived at the same department complex in Long Beach, California, and they sometimes hung up and smoked weed.

On March 31, around 2 PM, the man was in his department when Holder showed up at his place, angrily yelling and accusing him of selling him “laced pot.”  

“You put drugs in the pot you sold me,” Holder allegedly yelled at the man in a “violent tone,” the sworn statement from one of the women reads.

Extract from the sworn statement provided to the L.A. County DA's Office. | Source: TMZ


Holder was “breathing very heavily and appeared very excited and very agitated” when they stepped into the hallway to talk. The man explained to Holder that he bought the pot from a shop and did nothing to it, but as Holder got more hostile, the man tried to return to his department.

Then, Holder pistol-whipped him in the back of the head. The man, still conscious, recounted he saw a gun on the floor that fell by his feet. He described it as a "big silver gun" and "semi-automatic."

The man was able to retreat to his department safely but said Holder was “shaking and looked very nervous" before leaving.


The women said their friend took a bus from L.A to New Jersey when he found out that Holder was a suspect on Nipsey Hussle’s murder. He said he didn’t report the incident to the police because he knew Holder was a gang member and after all, he did sell Holder $10 worth of pot, but it was straight from a dispensary and not laced, to his knowledge.


According to the women’s lawyer, Harley D. Breit, the sisters decided to come forward with their statement because “if a murder defendant claims diminished capacity due to laced drugs, the supplier could be viewed as an accessory.”


Breite explained to the NY Daily News:

“This was a prophylactic measure to ensure that whatever perspective the district attorney held, my clients would not be charged with any crime. It should be perfectly clear that my clients have not violated the law in any way.”

“Once my clients learned that they were duped, it became important to ensure they were never falsely charged with a crime,” Breite added.


Ermias Asghedom, better known by his rapper name Nipsey Hussle, was shot to death outside of his Marathon clothing store in South L.A on March 31. He was 33.


Nipsey Hussle attends his "Victory Lap" CD Signing at DTLR on February 25, 2018. | Photo: GettyImages

Hussle was standing with some friends when a man, believed to be Eric Holder, approached the group and opened fire on them at close range. He injured two of Nipsey’s friends and shoot the rapper on the head, back, and torso.


Holder was arrested two days later and charged with murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts of assault with a gun for the injured individuals. He pleaded not guilty.

Eric Holder appears for arraignment with his Attorney Christopher Darden on April 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: GettyImages | Photo: GettyImages

Holder was formally indicted on May 21 and is scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing on June 18.

He’s also on the hunt for a new attorney after Christopher Darden—the man who prosecuted O.J Simpson in his famous murder trial—quit the case after he and family members received death threats.

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