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Nipsey Hussle’s alleged killer previously suffered from mental illness, according to his new lawyer. On Tuesday (June 29), Deputy Public Defender Aaron Jansen appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom to represent Eric Holder.

“A lot of the work was done by my predecessor,” Jansen stated.

“Hopefully, by the end of the year, maybe early December, we can go to trial.” Holder’s forthcoming trial is for the killing of Nipsey, who was fatally shot in front of his Marathon Clothing Store in March 2019. According to court documents, the alleged killer walked up to the emcee and spoke to him about claims that he was a snitch. FollowAfter the conversation, Holder went to eat before returning to the scene, firing his gun and striking Nip in his head and torso. He allegedly fled the scene and was eventually captured and arrested. He is now facing one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting — all charges he pleaded not guilty to.

Jansen, however, claims he was battling with mental health issues at the time of the shooting. “He does have a significant mental health history,” he said of his client. “One of the things affecting him [in March 2019] was that his mother had just passed away. He was pretty despondent.” Now, he insists, Holder is doing a lot better. “He’s in good spirits,” Jansen said. “He wants me to send him some books. He’s so isolated [in custody]. He doesn’t get out of his cell much, only one day a week for a few hours to play basketball alone.”

Holder showed up at the courthouse for the hearing on Tuesday, but Jansen spoke to the judge on his behalf as he was concerned that the portrayal of his client would be negatively affected because he was in handcuffs.

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