Wannabe rapper Eric Holder charged with murder of Nipsey Hussle
- Author: Michelle Webb Apr 06, 2019,
Apr 06, 2019, 0:34
A candlelight vigil is being held in San Diego Friday night for slain rapper Nipsey Hussle.
Prosecutors have recommended Holder's bail be set at $5 million.
If convicted as charged, he faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison.
The L.A. County District Attorney charged Holder, 29, with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot dead on Sunday outside his clothing store in LA.
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Holder appeared in court behind bars in a holding cell and spoke only to acknowledge his rights.
Darden asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan to ban cameras from the courtroom, a request she denied.
Holder was taken into custody on Tuesday following a city-wide manhunt.
Authorities say Holder got into an argument with Hussle, who was beloved by residents of his neighbourhood for his community work, and then left and returned with a handgun. The two victims are identified in the criminal complaint as Kerry Lathan and Shermi Cervabta Villanueva.
Hussle's death prompted grief and outrage among residents in the Crenshaw neighbourhood, where the rapper grew up, and among his fans, who saw him as a symbol of hope and self-improvement. The two men reportedly had a personal dispute just moments before the shooting. He ignored the red lights as he raced down Slauson Avenue - the South Los Angeles street that he and Nips were working to uplift.