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Former O.J. Simpson Prosecutor Representing Accused in Workplace Murder of Rapper Nipsey Hussle

Chris Darden, who unsuccessfully prosecuted O.J. Simpson in the infamous 1995 double murder trial involving Simpson's estranged wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman, is now representing Eric Ronald Holder Jr, the suspected killer of rapper Nipsey Hussle at his place of business.

Rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Photo credit: Shareif Ziyadat/Getty

Holder, himself an aspiring rapper, is accused of murdering 33-year-old Ermias Joseph Asghedom, known professionally as Nipsey Hussle.

Hussle was killed outside of his Los Angeles-based clothing store The Marathon Clothing Company in a triple shooting. The father of two children, Hussle opened the business in 2017.

Authorities report Holder got into an altercation with Hussle at Marathon on March 31, 2019. He returned later that day and allegedly opened fire on Hussle, who died from his wounds. Two other people were also struck by bullets but survived.

Mourners gather to pay their respects to Hussle at the scene of his workplace-based murder.

Holder is charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Darden entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client. He also attempted to get cameras banned from the proceedings, an effort which was denied by the Court.

OSHA reports that 2,000,000 Americans are victimized by workplace violence and that homicide is the fourth leading cause of occupational death in the United States.

Also per OSHA, four categories of people can be victims or perpetrators of workplace violence: Employees, clients, customers and visitors.


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