A judge has officially rejected a recent bid from the defense in the Nipsey Hussle murder case.
According to NBC Los Angeles, the defense’s suggestion to have a first-degree murder conviction for Eric Holder Jr. reduced to second-degree murder or voluntary manslaughter was denied on Monday (Dec. 19). Attorney Aaron Jansen called for the motion to be lowered in order “to be consistent with the other two verdicts,” which included Holder Jr. being convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter rather than attempted murder for the two additional people who were injured in the March 2019 shooting that claimed the life of the Victory Lap emcee.
At this time, Holder faces a potential life prison term. As previously reported by REVOLT, during the summer, he was convicted of one count each of first-degree murder as well as possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm. Jurors in the case also found that Holder intentionally and personally discharged a handgun with the clear purpose of causing great harm to one of the victims.
Furthermore, during the trial, Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told jurors that the killing was both “cold-blooded and “calculated.” He also said Holder had “quite a bit of time for premeditation and deliberation” before he returned to the parking lot near Slauson Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard, where Hussle was fatally shot 10 to 11 times.
The trial included eight days of testimonies, but as previously shared, it was delayed when Holder loss consciousness as result of being attacked in his jail holding cell while waiting to be taken to court this past July. Per his attorney, Holder surrendered himself at a mental health clinic in Bellflower two days after the fatal shooting. He has remained behind bars since then.