A lawyer representing Duane “Keffe D” Davis, the former street gang leader charged with the murder of Tupac Shakur in 1996, stated that he sees “obvious defenses” in the case. Attorney Ross Goodman made these remarks after a brief court hearing in Las Vegas. He pointed out that there is no gun, car, or witnesses from 27 years ago. Davis, who is currently held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center, is expected to plead not guilty and seek release pending trial.
Clark County District Judge Tierra Jones granted Davis and Goodman two weeks to reach an agreement, expressing her desire to move the case forward. Davis’ arraignment has been rescheduled for November 2. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson did not respond to inquiries regarding Goodman’s comments.
Davis, 60, was arrested on September 29 in suburban Henderson, where he has resided for over a decade. He is accused of orchestrating and enabling a drive-by shooting that resulted in the death of Tupac Shakur and the injury of rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight. The incident occurred after a brawl involving Shakur and Davis’ nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, at a Las Vegas Strip casino.
In interviews and a 2019 memoir, Davis admitted to providing a .40-caliber handgun to Anderson, who was in the back seat of a car from which shots were fired at Shakur and Knight. However, Davis did not identify Anderson as the shooter. Shakur, a former Marin City resident, died a week later at the age of 25. Knight survived the attack but is currently serving a prison sentence for an unrelated crime.
The Las Vegas police have not recovered the gun used in the shooting, nor have they located the vehicle from which the shots were fired. The other two individuals in the car during the incident have since passed away.
The case is ongoing, and Davis is expected to enter a plea of not guilty.