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Suspect in Tupac Shakur's Murder Does Not Plead Guilty

Suspect in Tupac Shakur's Murder Does Not Plead Guilty
Monday, 13 November 2023 08:46

Twenty-seven years ago, rapper Tupac Shakur died after being shot while sitting in a car at a red light near the Las Vegas Strip. In all these years, no suspect has appeared before a judge. However, on Thursday morning, Duane "Keffe D" Davis, the man accused of organizing Shakur's murder, did not plead guilty in a Las Vegas courtroom.

Davis's charges had been postponed twice after he repeatedly appeared in court without legal representation since October 4. He was held without bail, and on Thursday, he was represented by public defenders.

In September, a Nevada grand jury charged Davis with murder and the use of deadly weapons. There is no statute of limitations for murder charges in Nevada.

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Davis has long claimed he was in the car Davis, a former gang leader in Compton, California, is believed to be one of four men who stopped in a car next to Shakur at a red light. Shakur was being driven by former Death Row Records CEO Marion "Suge" Knight. Both Shakur and Knight were shot; Knight survived, but Shakur died from the injuries a few days later.

For years, Davis confirmed in interviews and in a book he wrote that he was in the car with the person he claimed was the shooter. He also told California authorities, who had agreed not to prosecute him, that he would not be pursued legally. However, the charges in Nevada tell a different story.

Davis also claimed that he actually shot Shakur and Knight was shot by his nephew, Orlando Anderson. (Anderson died in 1998 in a separate gang-related murder; Davis and Knight are the only two of six people involved still alive.) Regardless of who fired the gun, prosecutors allege that Davis orchestrated the crime.

After Davis's arrest, TMZ interviewed Ed Knight, who is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in California for another case. Knight told TMZ that he plans to refuse to testify in this trial:

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"Me and Keffe D played on the same Pop Warner football team. Whatever the circumstances may be, if he was involved or not involved—I wouldn't want to see, I wouldn't wish anybody to put my worst enemy in jail."

Fans and family hope for closure The late Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, publicly stated that, in her opinion, the Las Vegas police never intended to solve the crime—and she was not the only one. However, for many years, authorities claimed that no one would speak to them about the murder. Shakur's story is complex, with allegations that he was involved with gangs, but there's also the fact that the criminal justice system hasn't always treated Black men fairly.

Shakur has been dead longer than he was alive; his family, friends, and fans hope that this case will shed light on the matter and provide additional information about the circumstances of his death.

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