Early Tuesday morning, Eric Holder, the man on trial for the killing of Rapper Nipsey Hussle, was attacked in jail.
Several people attacked Holder, 32, as he was in a holding cell in Los Angeles County, California. He had been waiting to be transported to court.
“The attack included a razor, and the back of his head was cut,” said his public defender, Aaron Jansen. Holder had to go to a hospital and get an MRI and staples in the back of his head. Additionally, he suffered a swollen face and eye.
As the case against Holder was to continue to be heard in court, the judge guaranteed Holder’s safety going forward.
In March 2019, Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was fatally shot. This occurred outside of his store, “The Marathon,” in South L.A.
Two days later, Holder was arrested. He has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Authorities say that Holder had been seen on camera footage stationed in the parking lot of Hussle’s store. He then shot the rapper who suffered 10 gunshot injuries.
Police say that the two men were familiar with each other as they had been raised in the same neighborhood. A little before the shooting, they were seen having a dispute in front of the store.
Holder has pleaded not guilty. If he is convicted of the charges, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.
Hussle had become an important part of his community. He was providing jobs to those who were in need and aiming to bring economic development to the community around Slauson and Crenshaw Blvd.