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Tupac Shakur murder suspect Keffe Davis granted $750,000 bail

Former Compton gang leader charged with orchestrating the 1996 killing of Tupac Shakur has been released on $750,000 bail and placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring pending his June trial.

Tupac Shakur was fatally shot on September 7, 1996, in a drive-by incident in Las Vegas at the age of 25. He was shot multiple times while leaving a boxing match at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Davis, an admitted “shot caller” for the Compton Southside Crips, was arrested in late September in connection with Shakur’s slaying. The arrest came two months after Las Vegas police served a search warrant at his home in Henderson, Nev. He has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge and has remained jailed without bail since.

Davis, who has been held at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas since September, on Tuesday asked to be released to house arrest while awaiting the start of a June trial that will see him face a jury in the Tupac murder case.

Prosecutors say Davis, who was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of murder with a firearm, didn’t pull the trigger but provided the gun and encouraged the killing as revenge for a beating that his nephew Orlando Anderson had received at the hands of Shakur, Death Row Records head Marion “Suge” Knight and others affiliated with the Mob Piru Bloods at the MGM Grand Hotel.

Knight was driving Shakur in a BMW near the Las Vegas Strip when a white Cadillac pulled alongside them and a gunman opened fire, according to police and court records. Knight and Davis are the only living witnesses to the killing.

His attorneys previously requested bail be set at less than $100,000 and that house arrest be granted for Davis, whose health has reportedly deteriorated over his months in custody following a bout with colon cancer.

Clark County District Court Judge Carli Kierny set bail instead at $750,000, citing the age of his criminal record, the age of the case and his history as a longtime resident of Henderson, Nevada, among other reasons, for granting bail after prosecutors argued he has a history of violating probation and that his release would pose a danger to witnesses in the case.

Davis, who is now a married father of four, is not accused of firing the shots that killed Shakur in the now-infamous 1996 shootout but was indicted on a murder charge earlier this year for allegedly giving the go-ahead for the killing.

In an October recording of a phone call by Davis from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, prosecutors say Davis’ son told the defendant about a “green light” authorization.

“In (Davis’) word, 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.

By Ezinne Joy Okorie

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