Duane “Keefe D” Davis, the individual facing charges in the murder of 2Pac, is expected to have a public defender as his legal representation for the high-profile case, rather than a high-powered attorney.
Attorney Ross Goodman officially stated to the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Wednesday (November 1) that the former member of the South Side Compton Crip gang, Duane “Keefe D” Davis, has not yet secured legal representation, even with his arraignment approaching.
Goodman, who happens to be the son of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former mayor Oscar Goodman, did provide legal representation for Keefe D during a brief court hearing in Clark County, Nevada on October 19. However, it’s worth noting that he had not been officially hired as his lawyer.
In an emailed statement, Goodman confirmed that he is no longer representing Davis, citing that the 60-year-old was unable to fulfill the terms of their agreement. As of Wednesday, there was no other attorney listed for Davis in court records.
According to VladTV, Keefe D’s challenges in securing legal representation stem from financial difficulties, as he is reportedly unable to afford the costs associated with hiring an attorney.
Edi Faal, a Los Angeles-based attorney who has been a longtime representative for Keefe D, anticipates that a judge will appoint a legal representative from the Clark County Special Public Defender’s office to stand for Davis.
Faal was initially slated to provide representation for Keefe D during his planned arraignment on October 4, but he couldn’t attend. At that time, Faal informed reporters that he had been assigned the responsibility of assisting Davis in securing legal counsel for this case.
Following two prior postponements, Keefe D’s arraignment is set to proceed on Thursday, November 2. However, 8NewsNow speculates that it will probably face further delays, primarily due to his ongoing lack of legal representation.
Keefe D was arrested in September in relation to the September 1996 murder of 2Pac, who tragically lost his life at the age of 25 in a drive-by shooting incident in Las Vegas.
Accused of allegedly “orchestrating” the attack, Davis is facing charges of murder with a deadly weapon connected to a criminal gang. He is presently detained in the Clark County Detention Center without the possibility of bail.
The former gang leader has made numerous public statements regarding the murder in recent years. In his 2019 book, “Compton Street Legend,” he admitted to providing the murder weapon, which was allegedly used by his nephew and fellow gang member, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson.
Authorities assert that the killing was an act of “retribution” against 2Pac, who, along with his entourage, had allegedly assaulted Anderson inside the MGM Grand hotel and casino just hours before the fatal shooting.
The attack is believed to have originated from accusations that Anderson, who was later killed in an unrelated gang-related shooting in 1998, had allegedly made an attempt to steal the chain of a Death Row Records affiliate a few weeks prior.