Ex-Gang Leader’s Confession Fabricated, Says Defense Attorney in Tupac Shakur Murder Case

Accused Claims Motive Was Money, Not Murder

A Las Vegas defense attorney claims his client, a former Los Angeles gang leader, fabricated his confession to the 1996 murder of rap legend Tupac Shakur.

Duane “Keffe D” Davis, 60, is the only surviving person identified as being in the car from which the fatal shots were fired. However, his lawyer, Carl Arnold, argues Davis lied about his involvement to gain financially from the story.

Prosecution Maintains Strong Case

Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson maintains prosecutors have a strong case against Davis. The jury, Wolfson says, will ultimately decide the credibility of Davis’ claims.

Defense Strategy: Shaky Evidence and Witness Testimony

Arnold contends the prosecution lacks crucial evidence for a murder conviction. He points to the absence of the murder weapon and the getaway car, as well as a lack of concrete proof placing Davis in Las Vegas at the time of the shooting.

To bolster his case, Arnold intends to call Marion “Suge” Knight, the rap mogul who was wounded alongside Shakur, to testify. Knight is currently incarcerated in California. Arnold also plans to avoid having Davis take the stand.

Davis Faces Life in Prison

Davis, who remains in jail on $750,000 bail, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. If convicted, he faces a potential life sentence.