The Prime Suspect’s Christmas Plans
Davis’ Role in the 1996 Shooting
Davis, a former Southern California street gang leader, was arrested in September on suspicion of orchestrating the Las Vegas drive-by shooting that killed Tupac Shakur 27 years ago.
He is the only person charged in connection to the murder and is accused of firing the fatal shot at Shakur.
Trial Date Set for June 3, 2024
Facing a trial set for June 3, 2024, Davis entered a not guilty plea in a Las Vegas courtroom earlier this month. He is the only surviving occupant of the car suspected to be involved in Shakur’s murder.
Bail Application and Home for the Holidays
Despite being in protective custody, Davis allegedly wants to be out on bail, claiming he is not a flight risk.
Davis’ Defense Strategy
Davis plans to “fight for my freedom, but do it from the comfort of my home,” asserting that his recent behavior, including staying away from criminal activities and cooperating with investigators, justifies being at home while building his defense.
Davis and his family express concerns about his health, considering his battle with colon cancer in recent years. They believe he has a better chance of staying healthy outside the custody system.
Legal Proceedings and Public Defenders
Davis’ public defenders, Robert Arroyo and Charles Cano, have confirmed their intention to file a bail application.
The decision rests with Judge Carli Kierny, who set the trial date, and it remains uncertain if the Clark County District Attorney’s office will contest the request.
Background on the 1996 Shooting
Prosecutors allege that the 1996 shooting stemmed from clashes between rival East Coast and West Coast groups in the ‘gangsta rap’ genre.
The grand jury heard about a brawl involving Shakur and Davis’ nephew shortly before the shooting.
Davis’ Involvement and Immunity
Davis apparently implicated himself in multiple interviews and his memoir, where he described leading a Crips gang sect in Compton.
He claimed immunity in 2010 for providing information about the fatal shootings of Shakur and rival rapper Christopher Wallace.