A former Los Angeles-area gang chief charged with homicide within the killing of hip-hop music icon Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas is deriding the case towards him because the product of hypothesis and second-hand testimony as he asks a decide to place him on home arrest forward of his trial.
A 2 January listening to date was set Tuesday on Duane “Keffe D” Davis’s bid to be launched on not more than $100,000 bail. His court-appointed attorneys wrote that the well being of their 60-year-old consumer has deteriorated in jail and that he’s not getting correct medical consideration following a bout with colon most cancers that they stated is in remission.
“His weight loss program and lack of train within the jail, given his age and medical historical past, is negatively impacting his well being,” deputy particular public defenders Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano stated within the bail movement filed Thursday earlier than Clark county district courtroom decide Carli Kierny.
Davis, initially from Compton, California, was arrested 29 September exterior a Las Vegas-area residence the place police served a search warrant 17 July.
His attorneys advised the decide that Davis is married, has 4 kids, has lived in that Henderson residence for 10 years, poses no hazard to the neighborhood and gained’t flee to keep away from prosecution. They famous that Davis didn’t go away city within the greater than two months between the police raid and his indictment. He’s scheduled for trial in June.
His bail movement attributes the indictment towards Davis to incomplete accounts “primarily based on rumour and extremely prejudicial and speculative proof” from “witnesses with questionable credibility”.
It additionally maintains that Davis’s 2019 tell-all memoir and numerous interviews shouldn’t be used as proof towards him, together with these through which he described orchestrating the drive-by taking pictures that killed Shakur and wounded rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight.
Knight, now 58, is serving 28 years in a California jail for the demise of a Compton businessman in 2015. He has not implicated Davis, though Davis stated in his guide that the 2 males “locked eyes” moments earlier than car-to-car gunfire erupted at a cease mild close to the Las Vegas strip greater than 27 years in the past, the courtroom submitting famous.
Davis is the one individual nonetheless alive who was within the automobile from which pictures have been fired.
“The guide and interviews have been finished for leisure functions and to become profitable,” the doc stated, including that Davis was shielded by a 2008 settlement with the FBI and Los Angeles police that gave him immunity from prosecution in Shakur’s demise.
Davis wrote in his guide that he advised authorities in Los Angeles what he knew concerning the deadly shootings of Shakur and rival rapper Christopher Wallace six months later in Los Angeles. Wallace was often called the Infamous BIG or Biggie Smalls.
Prosecutors say the Shakur taking pictures adopted clashes between rival east coast and west coast teams for dominance within the musical style dubbed “gangsta rap”. The grand jury was advised that shortly earlier than the taking pictures, Shakur was concerned in a brawl at a Las Vegas strip on line casino with Davis’s nephew, Orlando Anderson.
Anderson, then 22, was within the automobile with Davis and two different males however denied involvement in Shakur’s killing. Anderson died two years later in a taking pictures in Compton.
Shakur had 5 No 1 albums, was nominated for six Grammy Awards and was inducted in 2017 into the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame. He obtained a posthumous star this yr on the Hollywood Stroll of Fame and a road close to the place Shakur lived in Oakland, California, within the Nineties was renamed not too long ago in his honor.