Nipsey Hussle’s alleged murderer, Eric Holder, was back in court last Wednesday (Oct. 9) for a pre-trial hearing during which he pled not guilty to the charges brought against him. The 29-year-old is currently facing a total of six charges, including murder and assault with a deadly weapon. His defense attorney is requesting that the two counts of attempted murder included in those charges be dropped, according to a report from the USC Annenberg Media Center.
Prosecutors are seeking to have the motion denied based on the “kill zone” theory. According to the Annenberg Media Center, the “kill zone theory” is used to determine whether a defendant acted with the intent to kill their target.
According to the transcript from the hearing, the prosecution believes “every factor identified by the court is present and favors the application of the ‘kill zone’ theory.”
The report did not state on what grounds Holder’s lawyer is asking for the charges to be dropped. But, prosecutors speculate it’s a ploy by Holder’s defense team to prolong going to trial and buy some time to figure out a defense argument.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney offered some further insight into why Holder’s team might be fighting back against the attempted murder charges despite the evidence that is stacked against him. McKinney told the outlet that Holder has waived his right to a speedy trial, which grants defendants the right to a trial within 60 days of their indictment.
“Given the magnitude of the case, the complexities of the case, work his defense attorney needs to do, he knew it wasn’t in his best interest to try to go to trial right now,” McKinney deduced.
A date for the trial has not been set yet but prosecutors are aiming to start the trial at the beginning of 2020.
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