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A man accused of shooting dead rapper Nipsey Hussle has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder
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The suspect spoke only to acknowledge his rights – attorney Chris Darden, who
was one of the prosecutors during the OJ Simpson trial, entered the not guilty
The 29-year-old suspect was told to return for a hearing on 10 May 2019 and ordered to be
held on $5m USD bail.
The suspect faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Nipsey Hussle, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple
times outside a clothing shop he owned in LA last Sunday.
Two other people were injured.
Police say the killing was motivated by a personal dispute between the two men, who they say had a verbal altercation.
Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said at one point the suspect left before coming back with a gun and opening fire.
The suspect is himself an aspiring rapper and alleged gang member, who according to the Los Angeles Times has a previous conviction for carrying a loaded gun.
Nipsey Hussle grew up in south LA and was a member of the Rollin’ 60s gang
as a teenager.
He’s been remembered since his death as someone who promoted constructive
projects in the neighbourhood he grew up in.
Celebrities including Rihanna and Drake posted tributes to the 33-year-old,
and girlfriend Lauren London says she’s “completely lost” without her best
Wild conspiracy theories have been spreading on social media since Nipsey was killed, with baseless claims that he was killed by one or more of; the US government, pharmaceutical companies or the Illuminati.
On the day he died, Nipsey tweeted saying “having strong enemies is a blessing”.
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