Tupac Murder Suspect Keffe D Denied Bail, Trial Set for November


Duane “Keffe D” Davis, the alleged mastermind behind the infamous 1996 homicide of revered rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, was denied bail in a hearing on Tuesday. Clark County District Judge Carli Kierny expressed reservations about the origins of the bail money. Davis’s request of bail relief was not granted, suggesting that his period of detention at the Clark County detention center is likely to continue until his trial, scheduled for November 4.

A long-standing figure in a web of criminal allegations, Davis, now aged 61, once presided as the self-proclaimed leader of Los Angeles’ Southside Crips gang. Davis has been held in custody in Las Vegas since September 2023.

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During the court proceedings, arguments voiced from the prosecution were pitted against those from music manager Cash Jones, professionally known as “Wack 100,” who sought to deliver the required 15% of Davis’ considerable $750,000 bail. The outstanding 85% was intended to be secured by a bail bond company, eBAIL, under the ownership of seasoned Las Vegas bail agent Marc Gabriel.

The relationship between Jones and Davis is marked with complexity. Jones expressed a benevolent desire to bail Davis not as a business transaction but as a “gift.” However, the prosecution countered this ostensibly altruistic gesture, suggesting Jones aimed to record interviews with Davis – an act in clear violation of Judge Kierny’s orders, barring Davis from profiting from any public statements regarding his case.

Jones’ career in music management is not without controversy. His client portfolio comprises prominent rappers with histories tarnished by legal encounters, including rapper Blueface who negotiated a plea deal for his involvement in a 2023 Las Vegas Strip club shooting and was caught violating his three-year probation term in January 2024.

Jones also manages The Game, a rapper holding a criminal record punctuated by a 2007 felony weapons charge and a 2015 assault on an off-duty police officer. Also known for his appearances on the VH1 reality show “She Got Game,” he was sued for sexual assault against a contestant, resulting in an upheld $7.1 million judgment against him. Jones has been known to express controversial views about the late Tupac Shakur, describing him as a “perpetrator” producing “garbage” music.

Davis remains the sole individual charged in relation to Shakur’s murder, despite not being accused of directly firing the lethal shots. He allegedly orchestrated Shakur’s murder, an act designated as murder under Nevada law. Also of note, Davis is the only surviving occupant of the vehicle from which the deadly shots were unleashed on that fateful day of September 7, 1996.

Orlando Anderson, Davis’ nephew, and alleged fellow Crips member was once questioned but never indicted. Anderson passed away two years after the crime in a gang-related shootout. Moments before Shakur’s murder, Shakur was captured on camera assaulting Anderson, who was exiting a boxing match at the MGM Grand.

Two others, driver Terry Brown and Deandrae “Big Dre” Smith, were suspected of being in the white Cadillac from where the shots against Shakur were fired, but both men died before any charges were made.

Maintaining his innocence, Davis entered a plea of not guilty to first-degree murder last November 2. If found guilty, he is likely to face the remainder of his life behind bars.