Former gang leader, Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, seeks house arrest before trial for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur, citing poor health and no danger to the community.
Legal Battle for House Arrest
Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, a former Los Angeles-area gang leader accused of the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur, is seeking a judge’s approval for house arrest before his trial in June. His court-appointed lawyers argue that the 60-year-old’s poor health and non-threat to the community merit his release, suggesting a bail not exceeding $100,000.
On the contrary, prosecutors contend that jail phone recordings and a list of names provided to Davis’ family demonstrate potential harm to witnesses if he were to be released. They cite Davis’ own statements from police interviews, his 2019 memoir, and media interactions as compelling evidence of his involvement in the 1996 drive-by shooting.
Legal Standoff and Involvement of Others
Despite Davis’ plea of not guilty, he has remained incarcerated since his September 29 arrest near his suburban Henderson home. Prosecutors point to a jail call in which Davis’ son allegedly referenced his father authorizing the killing of Shakur, prompting federal intervention to protect a witness. However, there is no indication of Davis instructing harm or any affiliation with physical harm in the court filing.
Davis and his defense team assert that he had been granted immunity from prosecution in 2008 by FBI agents and Los Angeles police during their investigations into the deaths of both Tupac Shakur and rival rapper Christopher Wallace. They argue that Davis’ descriptions of Shakur’s murder were for entertainment and financial gain.