In a recent development, Duane “Keefe D.” Davis, the last living suspect in connection to the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur, has entered a not-guilty plea. This comes after Keefe D. was arrested on Friday, September 29.
More details regarding the suspect’s recent arraignment reveal that 60-year-old Keefe D. appeared in a Clark County courtroom in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Thursday, November 2. The courtroom was packed with Keefe D.’s family members, including his wife, son, and daughter. Standing in shackles, Keefe D. waved to his loved ones in the gallery.
During the arraignment, Clark County District Court Judge Tierra Jones asked Keefe D. to enter a plea to his murder charge, to which the 60-year-old replied, “Not guilty.”
Furthermore, Judge Jones informed Keefe D. that the court is not seeking the death penalty against him, which means that if convicted, he may spend the rest of his life in prison. Keefe D. was also appointed two public defenders, namely Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano, who will represent him at taxpayer expense. This decision was made after the suspect lost his bid to hire private defense attorney Ross Goodman.
Keefe D.’s defense attorney, Ross Goodman, expressed his belief that the prosecutors lack sufficient evidence and witnesses to support their charges against the murder suspect. He pointed out the absence of crucial evidence such as a gun or vehicle in their case.
The trial scheduling for Keefe D. is set to take place on Tuesday, November 7.
The murder of Tupac Shakur and Keefe D.’s alleged involvement have been the subject of much speculation and investigation. Tupac was injured in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 7, 1996, and sadly passed away on September 13, 1996.
The investigation into Tupac’s homicide remained cold until July, when Las Vegas authorities searched a home with alleged ties to Keefe D. and the late rapper’s murder. Forensic experts later tested bullet cartridges found inside the residence.
In September, Keefe D., now 60 years old, was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder. Prior to his arrest, he admitted publicly to being in the car that fired gunshots at Shakur. Keefe D. also revealed his involvement in the crime, claiming that he provided the weapon used in the fatal shooting.
Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles detective, explained the significance of Keefe D.’s public declarations, stating that they provided the evidence needed to move forward with the case. Kading mentioned that prior to Keefe D.’s admissions, the cases were unprosecutable, but his involvement placed him squarely in the middle of the conspiracy.
Since Keefe D.’s arrest, several individuals close to Tupac have shared their reactions to the developments in the murder case. This includes Suge Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records, Shakur’s sister Sekyiwa, and his close friend Jada Pinkett Smith.
The case of Tupac Shakur’s murder has garnered significant attention, and with Keefe D.’s not-guilty plea, the trial will likely shed more light on the events surrounding this tragic incident. As the court proceedings continue, many hope to find closure and justice for the late rap legend.