Court transcripts unsealed Thursday show that Nipsey Hussle and the man charged with killing him talked about “snitching” shortly before the rapper was shot, a conversation prosecutors said was the motive for the shooting.
In the grand jury transcripts, which provide the first glimpse of prosecutors’ case against Eric R. Holder, Hussle’s friend Herman Douglas testified about a conversation he overheard between the rapper and Holder.
Douglas said he heard Hussle tell Holder there were rumors he had been talking to authorities about the Rollin’ 60s gang, and that police documents or court records showed it.
“You need to address it,” Douglas remembers Hussle saying in a conversation outside The Marathon, the rapper’s South Los Angeles clothing store where he was shot minutes later. “You know, basically telling the guy you need to be careful, you know because people got some paperwork on you.”
Douglas testified that he Hussle and Holder had all been affiliated with the gang at some point, though he and Hussle had not been involved in any recent gang activity.
Deputy District Attorney John McKinney said the four-minute talk led directly to the shooting.