LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – A Clark County judge has pushed back the Tupac murder trial as a new lawyer steps in to defend “Keefe D.”

Davis is accused of being involved in the 1996 drive-by shooting of West Coast rap legend Tupac Shakur. Prosecutors are accusing Davis of telling on himself through multiple interviews and in his memoir, titled “Compton Street Legend.”

In January, Judge Carli Kierny ruled that Davis could be released from jail and placed under house arrest with an electronic monitoring device ahead of his trial in June.

On Tuesday, Judge Kierny ruled that the trial would be pushed back to November so defense attorney Arnold – the third attorney to represent Davis – could better familiarize himself with the evidence in the case.

Following Tuesday’s hearing, Arnold also publicly addressed the case for the first time in a press conference.

Arnold said that he had not received all the discovery on the case, and asked for the trial date to be pushed so he could be better prepared. “Hopefully we’ll get the trial done sometime this year.”

He also said bail will be posted sometime soon.

Arnold also says Davis’ claims about being at the scene of the crime are not a huge concern, since the burden of proof is on the state.

“I can sit here all day long and say I killed JFK… but would I be convicted of that? JFK was assassinated in 1963 and I was born in 1967,” he said. “There is no way I would be convicted of that, same with the state. They have to provide evidence of a gun, evidence of a car, and, most importantly, prove that Mr. Davis was even in Las Vegas at the time. Right now, I can be forthright and say we haven’t seen any of that evidence.”

He added, “In summary… there’s no evidence that he was involved. He put out a book and made money. Even the state’s main investigator, who testified at the grand jury, said this is all about making money, and that’s why he put out the book.”

When asked about why he would want to take this case, Arnold simply said, “Well, it’s the biggest case since O.J. Why wouldn’t you want to take this case on? It’s going to be a historic case, it’s going to be a challenge.”

Arnold says the next steps are to familiarize himself with what the public knows about the case, including reading Davis and Detective Poole’s books.

Arnold added that a potential bail hearing could be nailed down in the next 30 days.


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