Keefe D Pleads Not Guilty In Tupac Shakur Murder Case, Suspect Using Public Defender Due To Allegedly Not Being Able To Afford A Lawyer

Keefe D Pleads Not Guilty In Tupac Shakur Murder Case, Suspect Using Public Defender Due To Allegedly Not Being Able To Afford A Lawyer

The man said to be involved in the killing of rapper Tupac Shakur, Keefe D, has finally gone before the judge.

According to reports, on Thursday (Nov. 2), Keefe D showed up for his arraignment… with public defenders right by his side.

Keefe D’s mugshot

Allegedly, Keefe D was unable to cough up the coins needed for a big-time lawyer, so he was appointed a couple by the court.

The claims swirled after it was revealed that Ross Goodman, a defense attorney in Las Vegas, announced that he wouldn’t be representing the 60-year-old suspect at the moment. Goodman was serving as Keefe D’s spokesman but hadn’t been hired “officially.”

Following the defendant’s arraignment, Goodman stated to the press,

“There are people who are trying to get the financial resources together to hire me.”

Goodman’s business relationship with Keefe D ended due to the controversial client’s inability “to meet the terms of the agreement.” Additionally, Los Angeles attorney Edi Faal (Keefe D’s former representative) was initially supposed to be present for his first arraignment attempt (on Oct. 4) but failed to attend.

Two delays later, public defenders Robert Arroyo and Charles Cono have stepped to Keefe D’s aid as the case proceeds.

Tupac Shakur, Keefe D

The notorious gangster has also been said to have waived his right to a speedy trial. State prosecutors (reportedly) informed Judge Tierra Jones that they are not seeking the death penalty.

Keefe D will reappear for a “status check” on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Born Duane Davis, Keefe D was originally arrested in connection with the death of celebrated lyricist Tupac Shakur last month, which (ironically) marked the 27th anniversary of the icon’s demise.

Tupac Shakur was tragically gunned down in September 1996 after a fight ensued between him and Compton gang member, Keefe D’s nephew, Orlando Anderson in the lobby of Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. Anderson had (allegedly) tried to rob Shakur’s crew before their run-in.

Orlando Anderson

Subsequently, the “California Love” rhymer was struck four times in a drive-by shooting. He ultimately died on September 13 at the age of 25.

An investigation of the shelved crime was heavily influenced by assumed orchestrator Keefe D, who’d been vocal about providing Anderson with the weapon that was responsible for Shakur’s murder. He made the admission in his 2019 memoir ‘Compton Street Legend.’ 

Keefe D has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon in affiliation with a criminal gang.

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Authored by: Ashley Blackwell