Nipsey Hussle Murder Suspect Eric Holder Charged in Rapper's Death

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The man accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle has officially been charged.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced on Thursday that Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was charged with fatally shooting the rap artist and wounding two others in Los Angeles over the weekend.

According to the press release, Holder was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The criminal complaint also includes allegations that he personally used a firearm and caused great bodily injury and death.

"It is further alleged… that Eric Holder Jr. personally and intentionally discharged a firearm, a handgun, which caused great bodily injury and death to Ermias Asghedom," the criminal complaint states.

Hussle was fatally shot on March 31 outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles. Two other men also were wounded in the attack. Holder was arrested on Tuesday in Bellflower, California.

According to the LA Times, Holder is represented by Chris Darden, who famously prosecuted O.J. Simpson during his world-famous trail in the mid-90s. On Thursday, Darden entered a plea of not guilty for Holder during a court appearance in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.

If convicted as charged, Holder faces a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

Following news of his death, Hussle's friends, family and fans, including his longtime love, Lauren London, expressed their sadness and shared their condolences. 

ET spoke with Hussle just before this year's GRAMMYs in February, where he was nominated for Best Rap Album for Victory Lap. 

"I know how much we put into the album, so to get to be recognized, it means a lot for me, my team also, everyone who worked on it, and [we're] just excited to be here," Hussle said, noting plans to release new music and possibly another album "definitely this year."

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