LOS ANGELES — A former gal pal of Nipsey Hussle’s accused killer testified Monday that she noticed the homicide suspect loading bullets right into a gun shortly earlier than the beloved rapper was killed in entrance of his South Los Angeles retailer.
Bryannita Nicholson, who admitted on the stand that she had been intimate with the shooter, Eric Holder, additionally testified she heard her former fling say “Did you say I snitched,” earlier than he stormed away from Hussle exterior his Marathon Clothes retailer on March 31, 2019.
Nicholson and Holder, 32, had been within the space that day after she drove him to get some meals from a restaurant positioned in the identical procuring middle as Hussle’s retailer. Whereas doing so, they noticed the rapper.
Throughout her testimony at Los Angeles Superior Court docket, Nicholson mentioned she was excited to see Hussle, however Holder jumped out of her automobile first to speak to the 33-year-old rapper.
“I noticed him as quickly as I become the car parking zone and I mentioned, ‘Oh, there goes Nipsey! He’s high-quality! … Eric (Holder) was not carrying a shirt when he bought out and he went to Nipsey.”
Nicholson mentioned she heard Holder say to Hussle in a loud voice, “Did you say I snitched,” earlier than strolling away from the rapper and two different males.
When requested by Senior Deputy District Legal professional John McKinney if she sensed a battle was brewing, Nicholson mentioned, “No, it didn’t happen to me in any respect.”
Nicholson mentioned she posed for a photograph with Hussle whereas Holder picked up his meals.
After they each bought again contained in the automobile, Holder advised Nicholson to drive across the block twice, she testified.
The second time she handed by the Marathon retailer car parking zone, Nicholson mentioned that’s when she noticed Holder loading his weapons.
“As soon as we got here across the block, that’s after I seen (sic) him put bullets into the automated gun,” Nicholson mentioned. “It was the black one. .. When he was doing it, I mentioned, ‘What are you doing?! You aren’t going to shoot that out my automobile!’ Then he put it away.”
Nicholson mentioned Holder then instructed her to show onto Crenshaw Boulevard and park in an alleyway. She mentioned Holder then took two extra bites of his chili cheese fries earlier than he jumped out and advised her to attend within the automobile.
Nicholson mentioned Holder didn’t appear upset as he walked down the alleyway.
“I simply thought he was going to get a shirt or one thing,” from Hussle’s retailer, she mentioned.
A couple of minutes later, Nicholson mentioned she heard gunshots. She mentioned she was debating whether or not to go away the realm however was fearful that Holder was damage.
When Holder bought again to her automobile, Nicholson mentioned she noticed he was carrying two weapons — a black semi-automatic weapon and chrome revolver on him.
She mentioned Holder yelled at her to drive away from the alleyway and noticed him put the weapons right into a bag.
“I wasn’t even pondering that he would use it,” Nicholson mentioned, referring to the firearms.
Nicholson testified that she and Holder had been intimate, however she solely thought of him “a homeboy,” who she was nonetheless attending to know after assembly a month earlier.
Nicholson mentioned she didn’t understand Holder may’ve been concerned with the capturing till after he spent the night time and noticed information reviews of Hussle’s loss of life.
“I requested him about it once more … he didn’t say an excessive amount of and he went to the balcony, smoked marijuana, and he went to sleep. That was it,” Nicholson mentioned.
Nicholson will take the stand once more on Tuesday.
In his opening assertion, McKinney mentioned Hussle was in entrance of his retailer, Marathon Clothes, when Holder walked up and opened hearth with a semi-automatic weapon in his left hand and a revolver in his proper.
It was “a really private assault,” McKinney advised the jury.
Public Defender Aaron Jansen admitted in his opening assertion that Holder did shoot Hussle, however denied that it was premeditated. Hussle, he mentioned, “made an accusation in opposition to Mr. Holder that he was a snitch,” after which shot the rapper within the warmth of ardour.