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O.J. Simpson Prosecutor Christopher Darden Resurfaces as Defense Attorney for Alleged Nipsey Hussle Killer

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    Man Accused in Killing of Rapper Nipsey Hussle Pleads Not Guilty

    The man charged with killing rapper Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019. (Published Friday, April 5, 2019)

    No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. Christopher Darden, one of the prosecutors who tried O.J. Simpson in 1994 for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, is now a defense attorney and his client is Eric Holder, the alleged killer of Grammy-nominated artist Nipsey Hussle.

    Darden was in a Los Angles court Friday with his client Holder, who was ordered held on $5 million bail during a brief court appearance. Darden, declined comment after the hearing.

    Holder is charged with murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attack outside Hussle's The Marathon clothing store on Sunday that left the rapper dead and two other men wounded.

    Darden, alongside Marcia Cross, was a member of the prosecutorial team charged with attempting to convict Simpson in what was hailed at the time as the "trial of the century." In the years since the Simpson trial Darden left the district attorney’s office and became a defense attorney and opened his own firm, according to the Washington Post.  Over the years Darden has also appeared as a legal commentator on news networks including CNN, NBC and Fox News.

    In 2016, the case was turned into an critically-acclaimed FX miniseries "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story," where Darden was portrayed by "This Is Us," star Sterling K. Brown. 

    Darden’s role in the trial resulted in the iconic moment when he forced Simpson to try on ill-fitting bloodstained leather gloves — resulting in defense attorney Johnnie Cochran’s line, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”