The defense lawyer for the man accused of murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle has asked the court for access to any police records that detail criminal investigations into Hussle's life and businesses.
The defense for Eric Ronald Holder, Jr. made the request with an informal motion during a hearing Wednesday in Downtown LA, following a media report that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating Hussle at the time of his death in March.
The LA County District Attorney's Office said it was aware of the request but had no comment.
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The LAPD has not said publicly whether Hussle was the subject of a criminal investigation. An affidavit for a search warrant filed by LAPD officers in the days after the murder said Hussle's storefront businesses on Slauson Avenue were known hangouts for members of the "Rollin' 60s" gang, and employees at Hussle's stores had refused to cooperate with police in previous criminal cases.
Grand jury testimony unsealed last month revealed two witnesses to the murder said they heard Hussle and Holder challenge one another about, "snitching," though it was unclear which of the men was being accused.
Holder pleaded not guilty in April to one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder, along with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The grand jury indictment added charges of assault and assault with a firearm against him.
Holder and Hussle were at one time close friends, according to law enforcement sources and an acquaintance of Hussle, who declined to be identified in news reports. Police said Holder and Hussle had several conversations outside the store on the day of the murder before Holder returned and began shooting.