Opening arguments in the Nipsey Hussle murder trial begin Wednesday, more than three years after the rapper was murdered outside his Los Angeles clothing store.
On Monday, a jury was selected to hear the case against accused murderer Eric Ronald Holder Jr. — and on Tuesday, according to KTTV, six alternate jurors were chosen.
Holder, 32, reportedly shot Hussle — whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom — on March 31, 2019, after an argument.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told a grand jury in 2019 that the artist “Grinding All My Life” accused Holder of “snitching,” which McKinney added, “in the gang world is a very serious crime.”
“The conversation wasn’t particularly intense, it wasn’t particularly combative, and it lasted about four minutes,” he said.
Both men were affiliated with the Rollin’ 60s gang in South Los Angeles, officials said.
Holder returned to The Marathon Clothing in Hyde Park minutes later and used two rifles to fire multiple shots at Hussle, hitting him 11 times and injuring two others, prosecutors say.
He was arrested days later, pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder and has been in prison ever since.
Hussle, a Grammy-nominated rapper and father of two, was 33 years old at the time of his death.
Wwith AP wires