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The man on trial for allegedly killing rapper Nipsey Hussle was assaulted in a Los Angeles County jail early Tuesday morning, officials confirmed.
Multiple people assaulted Eric Holder, 32, while he was in a jail holding cell awaiting trial, his public defender Aaron Jansen told KTLA.
“The attack included a razor and the back of his head was severed,” Jansen detailed. Holder was taken to the hospital, had an MRI, and ended up with staples in the back of his head, Jansen said. The lawyer said rolling stone magazine that Holder also had a swollen face and eyes.
The case was to resume on Wednesday with witness statements.
“We took specific steps with Judge Jacke that assured us of Mr. Holder, Jr.’s safety going forward,” Jansen said.
Hussle, real name Ermias Asghedom, was shot dead outside his business, the Marathon clothing store, in the Hyde Park neighborhood of south Los Angeles in March 2019. The Grammy-winning entertainer was 33 at the ‘era.
The murder sparked a 48-hour manhunt that resulted in Holder’s arrest at Bellflower. He was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
Holder has pleaded not guilty and faces life in prison if convicted.
During opening arguments earlier this month, prosecutor John McKinney told jurors that Holder was captured on surveillance footage standing in the parking lot and opening fire on Hussle, and that the rapper suffered 10 wounds by ball.
Hussle had also made a name for himself as a community activist and entrepreneur in South Los Angeles. He provided jobs for struggling residents and worked to bring economic development to the blocks around Slauson and Crenshaw Boulevard.