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Accused Tupac Killer Pleads For Release, Claims Earlier Murder Comments Were For ‘Entertainment’

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Duane Davis (right) appears in Clark County District Court to plead not guilty in the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Duane Davis (right) appears in Clark County District Court to plead not guilty in the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Imgur)

The individual accused of involvement in Tupac Shakur’s murder, Duane “Keefe D” Davis, is seeking release from jail, asserting that his prior statements about the murder were mere “entertainment.”

Davis has been denied bail since he was first arrested and charged with murder in September in connection to the killing of Tupac 27 years ago. now, his legal team has filed a motion last week urging his release pending the June 2024 trial in Las Vegas. The motion argues against the denial of bail, emphasizing insufficient evidence to establish guilt for first-degree murder. Davis’s lawyers propose house arrest with electronic monitoring and a “reasonable bail” not exceeding $100,000, citing hearsay and speculative testimony during grand jury proceedings.

Represented by public defenders Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano, Davis contends that excerpts from his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” should be viewed as entertainment rather than factual evidence. The book, which seemingly implicates him in the shooting, has been a focal point of the investigation spanning nearly three decades by Las Vegas and Los Angeles police.

Davis’s legal team contends that he has distanced himself from his previous lifestyle during the past decade, residing in Henderson. Health concerns, including declining heart health and inadequate medical care in jail, are also cited as reasons for his release.

Having pleaded not guilty in November, Davis, a former street gang leader, is positioned as the group leader involved in Tupac’s murder, though not suspected as the triggerman. Among the suspects, including Davis’s nephew Orlando Anderson, Terry Brown, and Deandrae Smith, Davis is the lone surviving individual.

Las Vegas prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty for Davis, who could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Despite not seeking the death penalty, Las Vegas prosecutors could potentially secure a life sentence if Davis is convicted.

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