Tupac Shakur Murder Suspect Keefe D Drops Public Defenders Ahead Of Trial

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Keefe D found a private attorney to represent him in the Tupac Shakur murder case. According to KLAS and the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Keefe D replaced his public defenders by hiring a Nevada lawyer named Carl Arnold.


Clark County public defenders Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano were appointed to represent Keefe D in November 2023. The two lawyers handled the Tupac murder suspect’s request for bail.

Judge Carli Kierny set Keefe D’s bail at $750,000 on January 9. He remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.

Earlier this month, Arroyo and Cano said they believed Keefe D’s family would be able to raise the money to post the ex-gang leader’s bail. The public defenders did not know how long it would take their client to gather the funds.

If released, Keefe D will be placed on house arrest. His trial is scheduled to start in June.

Authorities arrested Keefe D, whose real name is Duane Davis, for Tupac’s 1996 murder in September 2023. Davis was charged with one count of murder with the use of a deadly weapon with the intent to promote, further or assist a criminal gang.

Prosecutors identified Keefe D as the shot caller behind Tupac’s death. The prosecution said Keefe D incriminated himself in interviews and a tell-all book, admitting his role in the late rapper’s murder.

Keefe D’s public defenders claimed his past remarks were “entertainment.” He pleaded not guilty to murder. He faces life in prison if convicted.

Tupac was shot in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He passed away on September 13, 1996.

Keefe D is the only suspect who is still alive. His nephew Orlando Anderson, who was considered the prime suspect in Tupac’s murder, died in 1998. Two more suspects, Terry Brown and Deandrae Smith, died in subsequent years.
















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