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.
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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 Darden has since withdrawn from the case, citing death threats.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)
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.
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Authorities say the man suspected of fatally shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle has been arrested. Police say 29-year-old Eric Holder was captured Tuesday in Bellflower, near Los Angeles. (April 3)
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.
Contributing: Maria Puente, The Associated Press
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