Represented by an attorney who gained fame during the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995, the accused killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty today to murder and attempted murder charges. The AP reports that Eric Holder, 29, was ordered held on $5 million bail after his plea.
Holder was represented by Christopher Darden, who gained nationwide fame as a member of the prosecution team during the O.J. Simpson trial.
The AP report notes that Darden “argued before the hearing against allowing media outlets to shoot photos and video in the courtroom, saying that the prosecution has not established with certainty that they have the right person, and publicizing his image would interfere with Holder getting a fair trial.”
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Hussle “shook hands with his alleged killer — who had ‘envy and hate in his eyes’ — just moments before he was gunned down, according to a witness.”
The Post quotes Herman Douglas, who described himself as Hussle’s business partner and says he was one of the last people to see the rapper alive outside his store in Los Angeles, saying: “Me and Nipsey was talking, and the dude that shot him … he came and shook our hands. Said he was a rapper and this old bulls-t. Shook our hands, the dude went and got his burger. He left.”
Douglas added: “So, I might have left Nipsey’s side maybe three seconds. I left him maybe, approximately three seconds that I had left Nipsey and the dude came and shot him.”
The AP reports: “Holder and Hussle, who knew each other, had several conversations throughout the day Sunday before Holder eventually returned with a handgun and shot Hussle, authorities allege.”