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Nipsey Hussle Witness Says She Heard Talk About 'Snitching'

Los Angeles court releases transcripts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 27, 2019 6:07 PM CDT
This April 4, 2019, file photo shows Eric Holder, the defendant in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle in Los Angeles County Superior Court with his attorney Christopher Darden.   (Patrick T. Fallon/Pool via AP)

(Newser) – Court transcripts unsealed Thursday show that rapper Nipsey Hussle and the man charged with killing him had a conversation about "snitching" shortly before the rapper was shot. In the grand jury transcripts, the AP reports, a witness testified that the rapper told Eric Holder of rumors that Holder had been snitching about the Rollin' 60s gang, and that police documents or court records showed it. "You need to address it," the witness, Hussle's friend Herman Douglas, remembers the rapper saying. "You know, basically telling the guy you need to be careful, you know, because people got some paperwork on you." The witness, Hussle's friend Herman Douglas, testified that he, Hussle and Holder had all been affiliated with the gang at some point, though he and Hussle had not been involved in any recent gang activity. Holder has pleaded not guilty.

Holder shot and killed Hussle and wounded two other men March 31 as they stood outside the Marathon, Hussle's South Los Angeles clothing store. A homicide investigator testified at the hearing that surveillance footage showed Holder running from the scene with a gun in each hand. The transcripts offered the first glimpse into the prosecution's case against Holder. Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore had said two days after the shooting that the dispute between Holder and Hussle was personal, and did not involve gang activity. The woman who drove Holder from the scene testified she heard the men talk about "snitching." The woman, whose name was not given, said she and Holder had pulled out of the plaza and were sitting in her car when Holder, who had been loading a gun, got out of the car and told her to wait. She said she then heard two gunshots, and Holder returned to the car. (The BET Awards honored Hussle this week.)


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