Nipsey Hussle Shooting Suspect Eric Holder Jr. Indicted for Death of Rapper, Heads to Trial

Eric Ronald Holder Jr., 29, who is accused of killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle, appeared for arraignment in Los Angeles with attorney Christopher Darden on April 4, 2019. Darden has since withdrawn from the case, citing death threats. (Photo: Pool, Getty Images)

A grand jury has indicted Eric Holder for the shooting death of Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Holder was indicted May 9 on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, spokesman Greg Risling said in a statement Tuesday, after the indictment was unsealed.

It includes allegations that Holder “personally used a handgun and caused great bodily injury and death.”

Prosecutors previously charged Holder with the same counts, but the indictment means they can skip a preliminary hearing and head to trial.

The 29-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty to all charges Tuesday and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing in June. His bail has been set at $6.53 million.

Holder faces life in state prison if convicted.

He’s accused of gunning down Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, outside of the rapper’s clothing store in South Los Angeles on March 31. Two others were wounded during the incident.

Holder was arrested April 2 after a nearly 48-hour manhunt.

Earlier this month, Holder’s high-profile lawyer, Christopher Darden, filed a motion to withdraw from the case, citing death threats. Holder will now be represented by an attorney in the public defender’s office, according to the district attorney’s office.

SOURCE: , USA TODAY; Contributing: Maria Puente, The Associated Press