Duane “Keffe D” Davis, a 60-year-old self-proclaimed gangster suspected of orchestrating the 1996 murder of rap icon Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, made his initial court appearance on Wednesday. Shackled and clad in jail attire, Davis’ arraignment was postponed at his request to retain legal counsel, with the hearing rescheduled for October 19.
Davis, who had previously declared his involvement in Shakur’s death in interviews and his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” was arrested near his Henderson home last week. Subsequently, a grand jury indictment charging him with murder was revealed, potentially increasing his sentence with added allegations of deadly weapon use and gang activity.
Mopreme Shakur, Tupac’s stepbrother, remarked on the delayed justice for Black men. Reflecting on the 27-year wait, he said, “The so-called wheels of justice move historically slow.”
Las Vegas police, reigniting their investigation due to Davis’ public admissions, have long perceived Shakur’s murder as a consequence of an East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry. This feud, escalating during a Mike Tyson match in Las Vegas, culminated in Shakur’s fatal shooting.
Davis confessed to being in the Cadillac from which the fatal shots were fired, admitting to passing the .40-caliber gun to his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, the alleged shooter.
Of the four individuals in the Cadillac, only Davis remains alive. Anderson, Smith, and Brown have all since been killed in various shootings.
Sheriff Kevin McMahill defended the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department against critiques of a slow response, emphasizing the importance of the investigation. Meanwhile, Shakur’s sister, Sekyiwa “Set” Shakur, called Davis’ arrest “a pivotal moment,” highlighting the long-standing silence surrounding the case.