Ex-gang chief to go on trial in June over 1996 killing of Tupac Shakur

A US choose has set a June 3 date for the homicide trial of a former southern California avenue gang chief who has grow to be the one particular person to be charged over the 1996 killing of hip-hop music star Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas.

Duane “Keffe D” Davis made a quick courtroom look in shackles on Tuesday and spoke quietly with two court-appointed attorneys who have been named to his case earlier than he pleaded not responsible final Thursday.

He stays jailed in Las Vegas.

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His public defenders, Charles Cano and Robert Arroyo, stated they intend to file paperwork searching for his launch on bail forward of trial. The attorneys declined exterior courtroom to remark concerning the case, saying they haven’t had time to look at what prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo termed “voluminous” proof.

Davis, 60, initially from Compton, was arrested on September 29 exterior a Las Vegas-area residence the place police served a search warrant July 17.

He has stated publicly in recent times and in a 2019 memoir that he orchestrated the drive-by capturing that killed Shakur and wounded rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight.

Knight, now 58, is serving 28 years in a California jail for the loss of life of a Compton businessman in 2015.

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Davis is the one particular person nonetheless alive who was within the car from which pictures have been fired. He has stated he has been recognized with most cancers.

Prosecutors allege the 1996 capturing adopted clashes between rival East Coast and West Coast teams for dominance on the planet of gangsta rap.

A grand jury was advised that Shakur was concerned in a brawl at a Las Vegas Strip on line casino with Davis’s nephew, Orlando “Child Lane” Anderson, shortly earlier than the capturing.

Anderson, then 22, was within the automotive with Davis however denied involvement in Shakur’s killing. Anderson died two years later in a capturing in Compton.

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Davis implicated himself throughout a number of interviews and in his memoir which described his life main a Crips gang in Compton.

He wrote that he was promised immunity from prosecution in 2010 when he advised authorities in Los Angeles what he knew concerning the deadly shootings of Shakur and rival rapper Christopher Wallace – generally known as The Infamous BIG and Biggie Smalls – six months later in Los Angeles.

Shakur died on the age of 25. He had 5 primary albums within the US, was nominated for six Grammy Awards and was inducted in 2017 into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame. He acquired a posthumous star this 12 months on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame.

A avenue close to the place Shakur lived in Oakland, California, within the Nineteen Nineties was renamed final Friday in his honour.

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