TUPAC Shakur murder suspect Keefe D should be free within days, his lawyer says – even though he has now spent a month behind bars struggling to raise enough cash to post his $750,000 bail.
Keefe’s high profile Las Vegas lawyer Carl Arnold told The U.S. Sun he is “100 percent confident” confident that the self-confessed gangster will be able to make a payment to secure a bond in the next few days.
The 60-year-old former Compton Crip – real name Duane Davis – remains in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas four weeks after Judge Carli Kierney granted him bail on January 9.
Usually bail bond agents accept plaintiffs offering 10% of their bail fees to stump up the amount to the court. However, for high profile or potentially unreliable suspects, that percentage demand can increase.
Arnold said, “He is still in and we are still working on it as we speak.”
He added that he was “100 percent confident” of securing the bond and getting his defendant out of jail.
Keefe – sometimes spelt Keffe – still faces scrutiny from the judge over where the bail cash comes from and if it is from legitimate funds in an upcoming hearing at the Las Vegas District Court on February 20.
Douglas has also revealed Keefe’s confession to police officers about leading gangsters to kill Tupac will not be enough to convict him of murder.
He believes Keefe’s two-and-a-half hour taped admission about how he oversaw Tupac’s assassination should not even be considered as prosecution evidence.
Arnold feels the weight of the law is on his client’s side – even though Keefe has given many interviews confirming being a key player in the infamous 1996 crime.
He said that even if the one-time gang lord’s recorded admission leads to conviction in Vegas’ District court, it will spark grounds for an immediate appeal at a higher levels.
Arnold said, “The law is clear – you cannot be convicted on the basis of a confession.
“To prevent injustice happening, to prevent these wrong types of grandiose statements being accepted, you have to have corroborating evidence.
“Without it, the confession by itself is never sufficient or enough to meet the standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.
“What I say about the whole alleged confession, is that I could sit here and say, I killed JFK. I could say it all day long.
“You could attempt to prosecute me, but literally, just because I said it is not enough to convict, it simply isn’t.”
Last month, prosecutors entered Keefe’s 2008 taped confession – made under an immunity deal known as a “proffer” – into their case evidence.
“What I say about the whole alleged confession, is that I could sit here and say, I killed JFK. I could say it all day long… it is not enough to convict, it simply isn’t.”
The proffer deal allowed Keefe protection from prosecution but prosecutors say it can now be used in their case because he stated in court that he lied to cops.
Arnold, who was a former US assistant attorney in San Diego, plans to battle them on this contentious matter.
“Bottom line is, if you go ahead and are able to use that in a subsequent court hearing, that turns the whole proffer procedure on its head,” he said.
“Yet it might survive Nevada’s ruling and Nevada’s judges, but there’s no way the Ninth Circuit of Appeals gets ahold of that issue and doesn’t stand by these proffers.
“These proffers have turned over numerous cases.
“I was involved in a proffer that uncovered 24 border patrol agents, who were either on the take or under pressure by the cartel to allow drugs in.
“A proffer, at least on the federal side, is essential to combat crime.”
Prosecutors Marc DiGiacomo and Binu Palal are planning to establish that Keefe’s comments were real and are supported by criminal associates and infamous gangbangers from the lawless Compton streets in the 1990s.
The gangsters, some of LA’s one-time most feared men, will be quizzed about Keefe’s actions, admissions, and behavior before and after Tupac’s death.
Investigators are already pulling together a list of witnesses they want to take the stand in their case, which has Keefe charged with first degree murder.
Legal insiders say that the prosecution is constructing their case to demonstrate how “the whole of the streets seemed to know” that Keefe and his nephew Orlando Anderson were central figures in the shooting.
Davis has been held at the Clark County Detention Center since he was indicted in September on a charge of murder.
The aftermath of Tupac’s shooting on the streets of Compton is explained in a new video released by The Murder Rap on YouTube.
In Deep Dive, Episode 9 – The Tupac Gang War, the days after the Crips returned to Compton following the shooting are laid out.
Many of those South Central key figures involved in the drama are now being targeted by detectives helping build the DA’s case.
The gang war erupted because of the Crips’ boasting about murdering Tupac and the Bloods’ anger at losing the music maestro.