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Tupac Shakur murder defendant denied bail; judge unsure if bail was ‘obtained from legal sources’

Tupac Shakur murder defendant denied bail; judge unsure if bail was ‘obtained from legal sources’
Tupac Shakur murder defendant denied bail; judge unsure if bail was ‘obtained from legal sources’

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (FOX5) — In a June 25 ruling, Clark County District Judge Carli Kierny ruled that she was unsure whether murder defendant Duane “Keffe D” Davis’s bail was “obtained from lawful sources” and denied him bail.

Davis is accused of murdering rapper Tupac Shakur in a 1996 shootout near the Las Vegas Strip. Davis appeared in court Tuesday and posted $112,500 bail to secure house arrest until his trial in the fall.

The court heard testimony from Cash Jones, who posted the bail, as well as from Davis himself. The judge noted that the court had “taken note of the matter” when it ruled that Davis failed to establish that the funds for the bail had been obtained legally.

A judge in the US state of Nevada did not immediately decide on Tuesday whether a former gang leader from the Los Angeles area will be released from prison and placed under house arrest ahead of his murder trial.

The judge added that the bank records related to the bail presented to the court “were insufficient to establish that the $112,500 bail was paid from a legitimate source.”

The court was presented with six months of bank records reflecting deposits and withdrawals from Jones’ account from December 2023 to May of this year.

“The Court notes that these records do not indicate where many of the larger deposits into these accounts actually came from, only that they were made by wire transfer. The transfers are identified by name, but no other documentation has been provided to the Court regarding the origin of these transfers. There are at least two unexplained ‘counter-deposits’ of $50,000 each.”

Judge Carli Kierney, June 25

The ruling further stated that in the month before the bail was paid, the balance in the account was insufficient to cover the payment. It added that “this uncertainty” was linked to statements Davis made to his wife earlier that month that Jones did not have the funds to pay the bail premium. It also said Jones was a “front man” or “middleman” for the true bail poster.

“Under these circumstances, the court cannot hold that Mr. Davis has established that the funds were obtained legally,” Kierney said. The court then requested a source hearing to ensure that the bond premium was not paid from profits Davis made from talks about Shakur’s murder.

The bail was revoked and the deposit was refunded to Jones.

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