Trial begins for Nipsey Hussle's alleged murderer

The trial begins Friday for the man charged with murdering Nipsey Hussle outside the Grammy nominated rapper's clothing store in the Hyde Park area of Los Angeles just over three years ago.

Eric Holder Jr., now 32, was indicted in May 2019 on one count each of murder and possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm.

Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told the grand jury that Holder used two guns on March 31, 2019, to fire multiple shots shortly after a conversation that included allegations of "snitching."

The prosecutor told the grand jury that the defendant walked up to a group including Hussle -- whose real name was Ermias Joseph Asghedom -- and the ensuing discussion "had something to do with Mr. Asghedom accusing Mr. Holder of snitching, which, in the gang world, is a very serious offense."

Deputy Medical Examiner Lawrence Nguyen told the grand jury that the rapper suffered 11 gunshot wounds, although two of the wounds could have been caused by the same bullet, according to a grand jury transcript.

Two other men, who are named as the victims in the attempted murder and assault with a firearm charge were injured.

Holder -- an aspiring rapper -- was arrested by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on April 2, 2019, in the 9000 block of Artesia Boulevard in Bellflower after a witness called authorities to report seeing a person believed to be Holder.

He has remained in jail since then.

The trial is expected to last about four weeks.