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Nipsey Hussle: Man found guilty of rapper’s murder | Ents & Arts News

A 32-year-old man has been found guilty of first-degree murder over the 2019 shooting of rapper Nipsey Hussle.

The jury in Los Angeles also found Eric R Holder Jr guilty of two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter.

Holder, wearing a blue suit and face masks, did not react when the jury delivered its verdict after about six hours of deliberation.

Holder and Hussle knew each other for years before the shooting, having grown up in the same South Los Angeles street gang.

The shooting came after a conversation between the two about rumours that Holder had been acting as an informant for authorities.

The evidence against Holder included witnesses, and surveillance cameras at nearby businesses that captured his arrival at the scene, the shooting and his departure.

His lawyer did not deny he was the gunman but asked jurors to find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter, instead of murder.

Holder’s lawyer Aaron Jansen said the accusation had prompted a “heat of passion”, adding: “This is a provocation that stirs up rage and powerful emotion”.

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