LOS ANGELES – Napsi Hasley tried to warn his alleged killer only to spread rumors in the neighborhood that he was “snatching” his beloved rapper shortly before he was killed, according to new testimony.
The conversation between Hessel and Eric Holder took place in the parking lot of Rapper’s Los Angeles Store, Marathon Clothing, just 10 minutes before the deadly shooting at the same location on March 31, 2019, Hessel’s close friend Herman Douglas testified on Wednesday. ۔ .
“[Hussle] Douglas testified. He said, “If you’re not telling, you need to handle it. You’ve just caught a case – we need to know your paperwork!”
Douglas, who knew the two men because they were all members of the Corps Street Gang of Rollin 60, South Los Angeles, testified that Holder did not appear angry or upset when Hussell told him of his concerns.
In his opening remarks, Deputy District Attorney John McKenney told the judges that respect is paramount in gang culture, and that calling it a snatch or suggesting such a rumor would be highly offensive to any member of the gang.
In his testimony, Douglas said he had heard Holder tell Hassell that the rumors were “blush-tee” and that people were “hating me.”
Holder, who wanted to be a rapper, even asked Hassel if he had listened to his recent music before shaking hands and leaving the Slason Avenue shopping center where Hassel had several businesses.
Since the three men knew each other, Douglas said he did not find anything unusual when Holder contacted him and Hassel that day.
But ten minutes later, Douglas, who had already returned to the clothing store, said he had heard gunshots and had seen his dear friend on the ground with several bullet wounds.
Douglas said he used his fingers to pierce the lower right abdomen of the nipple and made another hole in the upper left clavicle.
“There was a little bit of blood on the back of his head,” Douglas recalled. “He didn’t say anything. He was just trying to breathe. He was still breathing until the ambulance arrived and he was trying to get up.
Deputy Public Defender Aaron Johnson said the case was “about warmth of heart,” and acknowledged it. Holder shot Hassel. Because the rapper called his client a snatch. However, the defense attorney claimed that the firing was not premeditated.
During his testimony, Douglas, who was wearing a marathon T-shirt with a picture of Hustle, often looked at the holder angrily and on one occasion addressed the defendant as “a stupid mountain”, a slander against his cousin. Term McKinney told Douglas to try to calm down and address Holder by name.
Asked if testifying would be considered “snatching”, Douglas said, “Coming to the stand right now would be considered snatching.”
Asked if he understood the dangers and consequences of testifying in the case, Douglas said, “I’m not worried. Maybe in the 80’s. It’s 2022. It’s time for a change.
Douglas testified that he was no longer in the gang, and said that while Hassel still knew many of his former gang members, the rapper had not been involved in the activity since he rose to fame. ۔