Eric Holder has entered a plea of not guilty.
The 29-year-old has been charged with murder and two attempted murder charges over Sunday's attack on Hussle and two other men outside the rapper's South Los Angeles clothing store.
Darden asked Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Sullivan to ban cameras from the courtroom, a request she denied.
Meanwhile, community activists are calling for the arrest of a woman who allegedly drove Holder away from the area following the shooting. He is being held on $5 million bail and scheduled to be back in court May 10, TMZ reports.More news: Man Utd pick between Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi summer transfers
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Once it was learned that Holder's attorney was Darden, the social media world began taking jabs at the defense lawyer.
Holder was arrested on Wednesday in Bellflower by L.A. County sheriff's deputies and turned over to the LAPD. He faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted. Holder plead "not guilty" in court moments ago.
A disturbance erupted at a vigil for Hussle on Monday, setting off a stampede that critically injured two people.
The rapper died from a gunshot wound to the head, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said. Though both men had gang affiliations, the motive for the shooting does not appear to be gang-related.
Hussle wrote "having strong enemies is a blessing" in a Twitter post on the day of his death.