On Thursday, Eric Holder, the 29-year old man who allegedly gunned down beloved rapper, entrepreneur and activist Nipsey Hussle was formally charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. Chris Darden, former prosecuting attorney in the infamous O.J. Simpson murder case, signed on to represent the gang-affiliated aspiring rapper and entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf in a packed and heavily guarded courtroom in downtown Los Angeles. Judge Teresa T. Sullivan set Holder’s bail at $5 million and agreed at the request of Holder to delay the next court proceeding until May10. According to the LA Times, “Darden argued unsuccessfully to keep the media cameras from filming his client during the arraignment hearing, saying he believed there was an ‘issue of identity.'” Holder faces life in prison if convicted.
Multiple Witnesses Will Challenge Guilty Plea
Herman Douglas, Nipsey Hussle’s business partner of 16 years, told reporters that the suspect entered The Marathon Store Sunday afternoon and expressed his music aspirations to he and Hussle, even shaking both men’s hands before leaving the store and returned moments later immediately opening fire outside of the store as Nipsey was leaving the building. Douglas expressed that while he and Nipsey knew Holder, there wasn’t disagreement between any of the men and that the murder was merely a result of “nothing but envy and hate.” Holder is also accused of shooting and wounding two other individuals who accompanied Hussle and providing they survive their wounds, will be prime candidates to identify Holder as the shooter. Eric Holder’s exact explanation of his defense and not guilty plea was not yet known.
Harden’s History With Controversial Cases
Christopher Darden is best known for his role as a co-prosecutor in the 1994-1995 O.J. Simpson Murder “Trial of the Century.” Simpson, who was on trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman, was eventually found not guilty, but it was all of the controversy surrounding both the defense and prosecuting teams that kept public opinion firey and divided. During that trial, Darden and co-prosecutor Marcia Clark were intensely scrutinized throughout the trial, with Darden being heavily criticized for having Simpson try on the suspected murder gloves. After the Simpson trial, Darden left the district attorney’s office, started teaching criminal law at Cal State Los Angeles and has mainly worked as a defense attorney in murder cases.
While many are confused about how Holder secured a high profile attorney like Darden, Prosecutor John McKinney advised that he was “privately retained” for him. Since the announcement of his new client today, Harden has received violent threats that are almost sure to continue throughout the entirety of this controversial case.