03 Nov US: Suspect in rapper Tupac Shakur’s murder denies murder
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
A former gang member who had long boasted of his involvement in the murder of rap legend Tupac Shakur a quarter of a century ago pleaded not guilty in a US court on Thursday.
Duane “Keefe D” Davis, 60, was charged in September over the killing, despite not being the man wielding the weapon in the gang feud in Las Vegas.
The 60-year-old Davis, a former member of Compton`s South Side Crips gang, has long acknowledged his involvement in the slaying, boasting he was the “on-site commander” in the effort to kill Shakur and Death Row Records boss Marion “Suge” Knight in revenge for an assault on his nephew.
But at a court hearing in Las Vegas he denied the charge of murder with a deadly weapon with the intent to promote, further or assist a criminal gang.
“Not guilty,” Davis told District Judge Tierra Jones when she asked for his plea.
Under Nevada law, anyone who aids or abets murder can be charged with murder, just as a getaway driver can be charged with bank robbery even if he did not enter the bank. .
Prosecutors said Thursday they would not seek the death penalty if Davis is convicted.
“We have discussed this case and have concluded that this is not a case that warrants the death penalty,” Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said after the county hearing, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Ta.
Shakur, a best-selling hip-hop artist whose hits include “California Love,” “Changes,” and “Dear Mama,” was a rap superstar when he was shot and killed on September 7, 1996. was. He was only 25 years old.
He was signed to Death Row Records. The company was affiliated with the Los Angeles street gang Mob Pill at the time and had a long-standing relationship with the South Side Compton Crips.
Immediately after Davis’ arrest, prosecutors said that although the events of the night of the murder had been largely solved for years, they did not have enough evidence to move forward with the case.
Things began to change when Davis, who was reportedly the only person still alive in the car that night, published his autobiography and spoke about the crime on a television show.
Mr. Wolfson said that statements made by Mr. Davis in the past would be taken into account at trial.
He added that he was aware of the worldwide attention this case had received, but that this would not change the way the case was handled.
“The fact that the world is watching really doesn`t matter,” he said, according to the Review-Journal.
“What we care about is presenting the evidence to a jury, so that the jury can make the ultimate decision.”