Antelope Valley Press

Witness threat claim delays bail hearing for Shakur killing suspect


LAS VEGAS — A bail hearing was postponed Tuesday in Las Vegas for a former Los Angeles-area gang leader charged with orchestrat­ing the killing of hip-hop music legend Tupac Shakur in 1996, giving defense attorneys time to respond to prosecutor­s’ allegation­s that witnesses in the case may be at risk.

Duane “Keffe D” Davis’ court-appointed attorneys sought the delay to respond to prosecutor­s’ allegation­s, filed last week, that jail telephone recordings and a list of names provided to Davis’ family members show that Davis poses a threat to the public if he is released.

No court hearing was held Tuesday. One of Davis’ attorneys, Robert Arroyo, told The Associated Press later that the defense wanted to respond in court in writing. He declined to provide details. Arroyo said last week he did not see evidence that any witness had been named or threatened.

Davis is the only person ever charged with a crime in the drive-by shooting that also wounded rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, who is now serving 28 years in a California prison for an unrelated fatal shooting in the Los Angeles area in 2015.

Davis has pleaded not guilty and is due for trial in June on a murder charge. He has remained jailed without bail since his arrest Sept. 29 outside his Henderson home. Las Vegas police had served a search warrant there in mid-July.

Davis, originally from Compton, is now housed at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, where detainees’ phone calls are routinely recorded. If convicted at trial, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

In a recording of an October jail call, prosecutor­s say Davis’ son told the defendant about a “green light” authorizat­ion. Their court filing made no reference to Davis instructin­g anyone to harm someone, or to anyone associated with the case being physically harmed.

“In (Davis’) world, a ‘green light’ is an authorizat­ion to kill,” prosecutor­s Marc DiGiacomo and Binu Palal told Clark County District Court Judge Carli Kierny in the court document, adding that at least one witness was provided assistance from federal authoritie­s “so he could change his residence.”

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