Defense Lawyer Says There Are No Living Witnesses Against Man Accused In Tupac Death

Ross Goodman, who is close to being retained by Duane “Keefe D” Davis, questioned how authorities could corroborate the testimonies without any concrete evidence.

At an arraignment on Thursday (October 19) for the 1996 shooting death of Tupac Shakur, a defense attorney claimed that there are no living witnesses to testify against the defendant, Duane “Keefe D” Davis.

The Associated Press reports that Ross Goodman, an attorney who’s close to being retained as Davis’ legal counsel, questioned how authorities can corroborate the stories and Davis’ testimonies without any concrete evidence or eyewitnesses. “There’s no gun, there’s no car and there’s no witnesses from 27 years ago,” Goodman argued.

Davis and Marion “Suge” Knight, the former CEO of Death Row Records who was driving the vehicle when Shakur was shot, are the only living witnesses. “As everyone here knows, you have to corroborate those statements. You don’t have a car, you don’t have a gun and you don’t have witnesses to corroborate with what Mr. Davis said under those circumstances,” Goodman added. “I believe there is an obvious defense to that — why he made those statements and a motive for making those statements.”

Also during the hearing, the case was delayed for a second time for another two weeks to give Goodman enough time to prepare to represent Davis who has yet to enter a plea.

Goodman stated that he expects Davis will plead not guilty and seek release from jail pending trial.

Clark County District Judge Tierra Jones who authorized the two-week arrangement said she wants to “get this case moving.”


Suspect Arrested In Connection With The Slaying of Hip Hop Icon Tupac Shakur

On September 29, Davis was arrested outside a home in Las Vegas where he was accused of orchestrating the drive-by shooting that killed Shakur after a brawl took place at a Las Vegas Strip casino following the Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon championship fight involving Shakur and Davis’ nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson.

In Davis' 2019 book, Compton Street Legend, he details the infamous shooting claiming he handed a .40-caliber handgun to  Anderson in the backseat of a car from where he was fired at Shakur at an intersection near the Las Vegas Strip. Anderson was not identified as the shooter by Davis.

“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 is currently being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.

The new arraignment date is set for November 2.

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