HARDCORE gangster Keefe D will not be executed if he is convicted of murdering Tupac Shakur, The US Sun can reveal.
Keefe would have faced a lethal injection if he had been found guilty of murder for his alleged role in the shocking death of pop culture icon Shakur.
Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson confirmed to The US Sun that the death penalty was discussed by his team when deciding the case against Keefe.
Lawyers in the DA’s office questioned whether Keefe deserved to be executed if a jury found him responsible for a key role in the 1996 killing of Tupac.
However, they felt the case did not justify ending Keefe’s life.
While in Nevada, Keefe, real name Duane Davis, did not fire the weapon that resulted in the rapper’s life-threatening injurieshis involvement as a self-confessed accomplice allows for a murder charge.
Wolfson spoke to the media after Davis pleaded not guilty to the murder charge at his arraignment hearing in Las Vegas District Court Courtroom 14B on Thursday, Nov. 2.
Davis, 60, waived his right to a speedy trial within 60 days, meaning his case will be heard in 2024.
Wolfson said after the hearing that he and his senior colleagues had considered the death penalty, which is typically given in Nevada for the most heinous murders, but decided not to pursue it.
“This is a case that I and the committee have discussed and we have concluded that this is not the type of case in which the death penalty should be sought,” he said.
“The mindset is unique in each case and in this case we did not believe it was appropriate to seek the death penalty.”
Wolfson spoke of his confidence in being able to prosecute Davis because the prosecutor and investigators have spent years gathering evidence.
At the heart of their case are Keefe’s confessions to hunting down Tupac with three other gangsters, obtaining a gun and hiding the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting.
Wolfson added: “I discussed all aspects of my case with my team – the strengths and weaknesses and the types of evidence.”
“I won’t go into the details of the evidence now, it has been discussed in the media. Everyone knows that in recent years Mr. Davis has made certain statements in various forms that are part of the narrative of protection.
“Mr. Davis is entitled to his day in court, and we look forward to that day in court.
“In every single case there are always two perspectives. There is the prosecution perspective and the defense perspective. That’s why we have a criminal justice system. That’s why we conduct jury trials so that both sides can present their side of the matter.
“And a jury will decide the final result.”
Davis appeared in court in handcuffs and shackles for several minutes to confirm his plea of innocence.
Unable to find a lawyer, he was assigned public defenders Mr. Arroyo and Cano.
Judge Tara Jones made it clear to Keefe for the first time that prosecutors did not plan to seek the death penalty if he was found guilty.
Sighing with relief, Keefe admitted he understood the decision.
RAP ICON MURDERED
Hip-hop legend Shakur, 25, was shot four times in a drive-by attack near the Las Vegas Strip in September 1996.
For more than a quarter century, no one was arrested for the crime because rival gangs The Crips and Bloods and key witnesses refused to speak.
That changed after Keefe confessed several times in 2017, along with other gangsters, to his role in killing Tupacand a book.
In his memoir Compton Street Legend, Keefe wrote about how he helped obtain a gun to assassinate Tupac as revenge for Pac beating up his cousin Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson after a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand in September 1996 had.
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He explained how he helped coordinate a team of LA gangsters to kill the rap icon and her death row-based record label boss Suge Knight.
Metro Police and district attorney investigators put together a case that a Vegas grand jury found was compelling enough to charge Keefe with murder.