Tupac Murder Trial End Date Established for Discovery Period


Tupac Murder Trial End Date Established for Discovery Period

Duane “Keefe D” Davis made headlines last year when he was unexpectedly arrested for the murder of Tupac Shakur, over two decades after the tragic event occurred. His arrest followed a surprise police raid launched in tandem with a renewed investigation into the case. Keefe D has been vocal about the killing, frequently discussing intricate details online, which many speculate led to his arrest.

Progress in the trial has been slow since his arrest, partly due to issues with legal representation on Keefe D’s part, causing delays in trial proceedings. Initially slated to commence in June, the trial was postponed due to the anticipated duration of the discovery phase. However, in a recent trial update according to KSNV, both prosecution and defense lawyers confirmed that progress is being made. The prosecution anticipates concluding the discovery period within two months, with the defense acknowledging receipt of documents from the prosecution. While largely procedural, this development signals that the trial remains on course for its tentative start date in November.


Judge Kierny has scheduled another status check for July 23, with Keefe D’s trial tentatively set to commence on November 4.

Keefe D, born Duane Davis, was arrested in 2023 for the 1996 murder of Tupac Shakur and charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon.

Tupac was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. While authorities have stated that Keefe D was not the gunman, they allege that he masterminded the plan to attack Tupac.

According to Lt. Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, “Duane Davis was the shot caller for this group of individuals that committed this crime. He orchestrated the plan that was carried out.”


Keefe D has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge, maintaining his innocence despite purported admissions in a memoir and various interviews. His former attorneys claimed last year that he fabricated his involvement in Tupac’s murder for financial gain.

“The truthfulness of the content of the interviews was never verified,” argued his defense team. “The book and interviews were done for entertainment and to make money from a situation that [former LAPD detective Greg] Kading and others had already profited from.”

Originally scheduled to commence in June, Keefe D’s trial was postponed to November during a February hearing presided over by Judge Kierny.

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