Former Gang Boss Charged in Tupac’s Slaughter Demands Release

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In a surprising turn of events, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, a former Los Angeles-area gang leader charged with the murder of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur in 1996, is set to ask a judge for release to house arrest on Tuesday, ahead of his trial scheduled for June. Court-appointed lawyers argue that the 60-year-old defendant is in poor health, poses no threat to the community, and is not a flight risk.

Davis, who pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, has been held without bail since his arrest on September 29 outside his suburban Henderson home, where authorities had executed a search warrant in mid-July.

The defence team is urging the judge to set bail at no more than $100,000, emphasizing Davis’s health concerns. Prosecutors, however, contend that releasing him could endanger witnesses, pointing to jail telephone recordings and a list of names provided to Davis’s family members.

In a court filing submitted last week, prosecutors referenced Davis’s statements in police interviews, his 2019 tell-all memoir, and media appearances since 2008, presenting strong evidence suggesting his involvement in orchestrating the drive-by shooting that claimed Tupac Shakur’s life.

Marion “Suge” Knight, the rap music mogul who was also wounded in the 1996 shooting, is currently serving a 28-year sentence in a California prison for an unrelated 2015 shooting that resulted in the death of a Compton businessman.

While Davis remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, prosecutors highlighted a recording of an October call where Davis’s son allegedly mentioned that the defendant gave a “green light” authorization to kill Shakur. Prosecutors claim that federal authorities intervened to relocate at least one witness for their safety.

Davis, originally from Compton, California, asserts that he was granted immunity from prosecution in 2008 by FBI agents and Los Angeles police, who were investigating both the Shakur murder in Las Vegas and the killing of rival rapper Christopher Wallace, also known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, in March 1997 in Los Angeles.

Davis’s defence attorneys argue that his descriptions of Shakur’s killing were “done for entertainment purposes and to make money.” The developments in this high-profile case continue to unfold as the legal battle approaches the trial scheduled for June.

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