Duane Davis, also known as Keefe D, has pled not guilty in the murder case of the rap legend, who tragically lost his life in a shooting incident in Las Vegas in September 1996, following a Mike Tyson boxing match.
On Tuesday, November 7, Keefe D appeared in court with his public defender attorneys and will be held in custody until the trial scheduled for next summer.
Charles Cano and Robert Arroyo, Keefe D’s attorneys, have stated that they plan to request bail for their client ahead of trial, but when questioned outside of court, they refused to comment further on the case.
Despite Nevada being a state that practices capital punishment, prosecutors do not intend to pursue the death penalty for Keefe D if convicted.
Since his arrest in September, Keefe D, now sixty years old, has claimed to have been diagnosed with cancer. He is the only person who has ever been charged with 2Pac’s murder.
Keefe D has admitted to being the mastermind behind 2Pac’s shooting, even though he entered a not guilty plea. He has also written about the incident in his 2019 book Compton Street Legend.
Nevada prosecutors claim that on the night of the shooting, Pac got into fight in a casino with Orlando Anderson, a well-known member of the Crips gang and Keefe D’s nephew.
It is believed that Anderson was present in the car with Keefe D during the drive-by shooting, and certain accounts have identified him as the possible gunman. Tragically, he lost his life in an unrelated gang shooting in 1998.
The shooting of 2Pac also resulted in injuries to Suge Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records. Suge Knight is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
Knight has made comments regarding Keefe D’s arrest in an interview with TMZ from prison, expressing his intention not to testify against the former gang member if called to the witness stand during the trial.
“Well, surprise, number one,” Knight said when asked for his reaction to Keefe’s arrest. “Because I don’t think Keefe D would ever get arrested, nor do I want to see him get arrested.
“Let’s get one thing straight, first and foremost: me and Keefe D played on the same Pop Warner football team. And whatever circumstances — if he had an involvement with anything, if he didn’t have an involvement with anything, I wouldn’t wish somebody going to prison on my worst enemy.”