(Los Angeles, CA) — The man accused of gunning down rapper Nipsey Hussle is pleading not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Police say Eric Holder shot and killed the rapper outside of his Los Angeles clothing store last weekend.
The 29-year-old faces a possible life sentence if he’s convicted. He is being represented by former prosecutor Chris Darden, who served on OJ Simpson’s murder trial. Holder is due back in court on May 10th. Police say he shot Nipsey Hussle over a personal dispute.
In related news, Film director Ava DuVernay is commending the media coverage of Nipsey. DuVernay dedicated an honor she received at last night’s Free Expression Awards to Hussle, and said the coverage of his death is a testament to him and to inclusivity in newsrooms.
She also said that “people like him” rarely receive so much attention. Hussle’s death has also been mourned in the African country of Eritrea, where his father is from. Eritrean Minister of Information Yemane Meskel tweeted his condolences to the “iconic recording artist” and his family this week.