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Tupac Shakur murder trial: witnesses risk receiving death order, prosecutors say

Witnesses in the case of a man accused of orchestrating the 1996 killing of Tupac Shakur could be targets of a death order, prosecutors have warned.

Duane “Keffe D” Davis, a former Compton gang leader, Californiais the only person still alive who was in the vehicle from which shots were fired towards hip-hop icon.

He is also the only person to ever accused in the caseand has denied any involvement in the murder.

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Duane Davis, former gang member

Before his trial, prosecutors said his family members were given a list of witnesses and a “green light” to kill was given.

The order was reportedly detailed in a phone call between Davis and his son on Oct. 9 and led to at least one witness changing residences.

Prosecutors Marc DiGiacomo and Binu Palal said in a court filing that there were “credible threats against witnesses” demonstrating that Davis “poses a danger to the community.”

There is no reference in the record to Davis ordering anyone to harm anyone or anyone associated with the case who was allegedly harmed, but prosecutors argue he should remain behind bars until at the start of his trial in June.

One of Davis’ court-appointed attorneys, Robert Arroyo, questioned the alleged phone call between him and his son, saying witnesses were not mentioned “let alone threatened.”

Davis’ lawyers have argued that the 60-year-old is not dangerous and would not flee to avoid trial if released from prison, where they say he is not receiving proper medical care following a cancer diagnosis.

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He was put behind bars following his arrest in a Las Vegas suburb on September 29.

Prosecutors said that, by his own admission, Davis was the “shooter” in Shakur’s death and virtually confessed in police interviews and in his 2019 memoir.

His lawyers say his stories about the drive-by shooting were “made for entertainment purposes and to make money.”

Davis also said he had immunity under a 2008 agreement with the FBI and Los Angeles police.

He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

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