The man accused of murdering rapper Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murder and attempted murder by making his first appearance in court.
Eric Holder, 29, who was also charged with possession of a firearm by a criminal, was arrested on Tuesday after a two-day chase.
He is suspected of killing Hussle, who was 33 on Sunday outside the Los Angeles-based rapper's clothing store after a dispute.
Holder, himself an aspiring rapper, was represented in court on Thursday by Chris Darden, a former prosecutor who gained notoriety for his work on the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
The bond holder was set at $ 5 million (about R70 million) and his next appearance in court was set for May 10.
If found guilty, Holder faces a maximum term of life imprisonment.
Darden tried unsuccessfully to stop the media from filming his client during his indictment on Thursday, arguing that there was an "identity issue."
Prosecutors, however, rejected his claim, arguing that Holder's picture had already been widely circulated before his appearance in court.
Authorities say Holder got into an argument with Hussle, who was loved by the residents of his neighborhood for his community work, and then left and came back with a gun.
He allegedly shot Hussle and two other men, one of whom was hospitalized.
He was arrested in Bellflower, a suburb of Los Angeles after police received a tip.
Local reports said he was being held in solitary confinement in prison for fear of being attacked by other inmates.
Hussle's long-time girlfriend, actress Lauren London, with whom he has a two-year-old son, broke his silence on Tuesday in an Instagram message that included several photos.
"I am completely lost, I lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul … I am lost without you, we are lost without you, my dear, I have no words," she wrote.
Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was praised by authorities in Los Angeles and his peers for transforming from gang member into a rapper and community organizer who fought for black and Latino residents of Hyde Park in the south of the country where he grew up. above.
He was set to meet with local authorities on Monday to discuss ways to end gang violence.