A Las Vegas-area grand jury has indicted 60-year-old Duane “Keffe D” Davis for the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, 27 years after the iconic artist’s death. The arrest and indictment mark a significant breakthrough in the long-standing investigation into the 1996 case. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jason Johansson stated during a news conference that the persistence of Metro detectives led to the arrest of Davis, who had provided crucial information about the crime but lacked sufficient evidence until recently.
Davis, who was apprehended near his home, has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon and a gang enhancement. Although he is not believed to have fired the fatal shots, Davis is accused of aiding and abetting in Shakur’s killing. His public statements, including those made in interviews and his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” have implicated him in the crime. Davis has admitted to being in the car during the drive-by shooting that took place near the Las Vegas Strip in September 1996, resulting in Shakur’s death six days later.
The indictment comes after a search conducted in July 2021 in neighboring Henderson, where police collected various items related to the murder investigation. Davis’ own admissions, which aligned with evidence obtained in the case, breathed new life into the investigation. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson expressed satisfaction that justice would finally be served in the murder of Tupac Shakur.
Tupac Shakur, a highly influential rapper, was 25 years old when he was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting while riding in a BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight. The shooting occurred after a casino brawl involving Shakur, Knight, and others. Davis has implicated his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, as one of the individuals in the back seat of the car from which the shots were fired. Anderson, who denied involvement in the shooting, died two years later in a separate incident.
The murder of Tupac Shakur took place during a period of intense rivalry between East Coast and West Coast rap scenes, with Shakur and fellow rapper Biggie Smalls at the center of the feud. Biggie Smalls was fatally shot in March 1997. Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles police detective who investigated the Shakur killing, expressed no surprise at Davis’ indictment and arrest, stating that it was long overdue.