Suspect Charged With Tupac Shakur Killing Hires New Attorney

Duane "Keffe D" Davis was charged with first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the rapper's fatal shooting.

The former gang leader who was charged for his alleged involvement in the killing of Tupac Shakur is now being represented by a new attorney, the Associated Press reports.

Duane “Keffe D” Davis has retained Carl Arnold, a noted criminal defense lawyer after he parted with the previous attorney who were assigned to him by the court.

After agreeing to represent Davis, Arnold issued a statement saying that he was “honored by the opportunity to represent Mr. Duane Davis in what will be one of the most historic trials of the century.”

“We look forward to Mr. Davis being found not guilty at the conclusion of his trial,” Arnold said. He also included that Davis is in the process of posting bail in preparation for his trial defense.

Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano, Davis’ former lawyers from the Clark County special public defender’s office, referred him to Arnold and wished him the best in his highly-anticipated trial.

"We signed off on the substitution of counsel today. All future questions regarding this case should be directed to Mr. Arnold," Cano told ABC News.

In his 20 years of practicing law, Arnold has served during public fatality reviews representing the family members of people killed by police officers. He has also been sanctioned twice by the Nevada State Bar. Once for failing “to properly file documents in a defendant’s appeal to the state Supreme Court” in 2018 and  “for failing to represent a defendant in Las Vegas Justice Court” in 2021.

For each sanction, Arnold was fined $1,500 and received a written reprimand.

Twenty-seven years after Shakur’s death on Sept 13, 1996, Davis was arrested on Sept. 29, 2023 at his home in Henderson, Nev., a suburb of Las Vegas, from a search warrant executed by law enforcement. He was charged with first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the rapper's death.

If he posts bail, Davis will be on house arrest with strict electronic monitoring. It was not immediately clear if changing lawyers would delay his current trial date, June 3.

The prosecution team has accused Davis of implicating himself in Shakur’s murder in his book, “Compton Street Legend,” where he reportedly confessed to passing the murder weapon to the shooter who killed the rapper.

“Tupac made an erratic move and began to reach down beneath his seat,” Davis wrote. “It was the first and only time in my life that I could relate to the police command, ‘Keep your hands where I can see them.’ Instead, Pac pulled out a strap, and that’s when the fireworks started. One of my guys from the back seat grabbed the Glock and started bustin’ back.”

Davis pleaded not guilty and remains heldjailed at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas  on $750,000 bail ahead of a Feb. 20 status check in the case.

If he posts bail, he will be on house arrest with strict electronic monitoring. 

Davis’s trial is scheduled to begin on June 3.

Considered one of the most iconic rappers of all time, Shakur has sold more than 75 million records worldwide with several multi-platinum LPs, including Me Against the World, All Eyez On Me, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, and several others.

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