Nipsey Hussle & Suspect Eric Holder Discussed Snitching before Fatal Shooting
A recently-released grand jury testimony shows that rapper Nipsey Hussle and his alleged murderer Eric Holder discussed snitching moments before the former was shot. The documents also disclose the kind of weapon involved in the killing.
Hussle, 33, passed away on March 31 after getting shot multiple times outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. 31-year-old Holder has since been arrested as the murder suspect, and in May, he pleaded not guilty.
CNN reported that Holder was in court again on Thursday where a judge ordered the release of grand jury transcripts. The documents reportedly contained witness testimony about Hussle and Holder’s final conversation.
At least two witnesses confirmed that the late rapper and Holder discussed snitching while one person who heard the first part of the conversation claimed Hussle was warning Holder:
"Man, you know, they got some paperwork on you, you know."
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney explained that "paperwork" refers to police reports or court documents that show a person is cooperating with the police, the outlet reported.
Another witness recalled Holder asking Hussle:
"Have you ever snitched?"
The grand jury transcripts also included testimony from the woman who drove Holder around on the day he allegedly shot Hussle.
The woman, who was granted immunity in return for her testimony, said she met Holder on her "transportation" side job and developed a relationship with him, but that they were not dating.
The unidentified woman recalled that she and Holder were going to grab some food on March 31 when they encountered Hussle outside his clothing store, “The Marathon.” She said Holder went into a fast food place to order for food and came out to speak with Hussle.
When the woman walked up to them so she could get a picture with the rapper, she heard Holder asking Hussle if he had ever snitched, CNN reports.
According to the woman’s testimony, she got a photo with Hussle and posted it to Facebook immediately before driving away with Holder. Not too long after, the alleged murderer began to load his pistol, and she told him he couldn’t carry out a drive-by shooting from her car.
Holder reportedly then told the woman to pull over and not long after he was gone, she heard two gunshots. When Holder returned to the car, he told the woman to drive away, or he would slap her, the transcript stated.
According to The Blast, the transcript also revealed that Holder allegedly shot Nipsey with a semiautomatic handgun and a revolver.
Holder is now facing charges of murder, attempted murder, and assault with a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a felon, for which he could get up to life imprisonment.
Hussle, a Grammy-nominated artist, was a beloved philanthropist in his Crenshaw community and before his death, had planned to meet with the police on how to put an end to gang violence. In recognition of his legacy, Hussle was honored with a BET Humanitarian Posthumous Award on Sunday.
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