The man accused of murdering Nipsey Hussle is currently standing trial and facing life in prison. Court testimony has revealed chilling details about what led up to Hussle’s final moments. For the first time publicly, the woman who drove the getaway car of the shooter has shared her take under oath.
The woman in the getaway car says she was unaware Eric Holder planned to shoot Nipsey Hussle
Bryannita Nicholson took the stand during day four of Holder’s murder trial. She says she and Holder were in the area and spotted the platinum-selling rapper outside of his Marathon Clothing store. “I said, ‘Ooh, there goes Nipsey, he fine. I want to take a picture with him,’” she told jurors. When asked how Holder ended up speaking with Hussle, she said she assumed he was also a fan. “I just thought he was trying to beat me to go see him before I saw him.”
Nicholson overheard the conversation between Hussle and Holder. “Eric was asking Nipsey, ‘Did you tell somebody I snitched?’” She says she didn’t sense a fight or shooting would break out, telling the lawyer, “No, it didn’t occur to me at all.”
But she did notice Holder loading a gun after driving away the first time together. “Once we came around the block, that’s when I seen him put bullets into the automatic gun. It was the black one. When he was doing it, I said, ‘What are you doing? You put that away, you ain’t going to shoot nothing outside my car.’ He did put it away.”
After grabbing food together, she says Holder went back to Hussle’s store. “I just thought he was going to get a shirt or something [from Hussle’s store].” After hearing the shots and Holder running back to her car, she said she asked what occurred. “I was like, ‘What happened?,’ “he said, ‘You talk too much I ought to slap you. And he was just like, ‘Drive! Drive!’ I asked him about it again … he didn’t say too much and he went to the balcony, smoked marijuana, and he went to sleep. That was it.” She also admitted she was in an intimate relationship with Holder at the time.
Prosecutors reveal Nipsey Hussle’s final moments
The Prosecutors are claiming that Holder’s attack was cold and calculated. In their opening statements, they revealed that Holder told Hustle before firing shots, “You are through,” as he fired off 10 to 11 shots through Hussle’s body.
“He shot from left and right hand, retreated, shot some more, retreated and went back in and shot even more,” District Attorney John McKinney said, per The New York Post. “The only thing he said while looking at Nipsey is ‘You are through!'” McKinney said. He also revealed that Hussle and Holder reportedly grew up in the same neighborhood and belonged to the same street gang — the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips.
Holder is said to have opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon in his left hand and a revolver in his right, McKinney said. Nicholson testified she saw the semi-automatic. It was “a very personal attack,” McKinney told jurors. “He was shot literally from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head. The bullet perforated Nipsey’s lungs, one bullet transected his spine and one bullet went through the liver. It was a devastating attack.”
Eric Holder’s defense doesn’t deny he shot and killed Nipsey Hussle
Holder has pleaded not guilty. But his legal team is not denying that he shot and killed Hussle. Instead, they are alleging it the shooter was not premeditated.
Holder’s defense attorney told a different story during his opening statement. “This is a case of heat of passion,” Public Defender Aaron Jansen told jurors. He claimed that what set Holder off was a comment Hussle made to him about his character. “[He] made an accusation against Mr. Holder that he was a snitch,” he said.