On Thursday, Eric Holder, who is accused of killing rapper Nipsey Hussle, tried unsuccessfully to get his attempted murder charges thrown out.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, a judge denied Holder’s motion to discharge the murder charges involving the March 31 fatal shooting of Hussle and attempted murder of two other men, XXL reports.
As previously reported by theGrio.com, prosecutors allege Holder fatally shot Hussle, 33, after having an argument with him in front of his Marathon Clothing Store in South L.A. earlier this year. He was ultimately charged with one count of murder, and two counts of attempted murder for shooting a man named Kerry Lathan and his nephew. Holder was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Also reported by theGrio.com, earlier in October, Holder’s legal team wanted the two counts of attempted murder dropped.
His counsel believed that the attempted murder charges fit within the “Kill Zone” theory, which is based on whether the shooter intended to kill the other people who were injured.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney wasn’t buying it. He believes Holder’s case does not fit within the “Kill Zone” parameters and suspects the attempt to have the two charges dropped is just a ploy to prolong the case. McKinney also points out that the alleged shooter waived his right to have a trial within 60 days after his indictment.
“Given the magnitude of the case, the complexities of the case, work his defense attorney needs to do, he knew it wasn’t in his best interest to try to go to trial right now,” McKinney previously told USC Annenberg’s student-run news website Annenberg Media.
But his attempt to get the charges axed didn’t work.
Instead, he is being held on a $6.53 million bond at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. The case is slated to go to trial in February, and Holder faces life in prison.