Breakthrough Arrest: Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis Charged in Tupac Shakur’s 1996 Murder Case
Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, one of the last living witnesses to the 1996 drive-by shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, has been charged with murder. (Photo: Reuters)
Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis Charged in Tupac Shakur Murder Case After Over Two Decades
According to CBS News, Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, one of the few remaining witnesses to the infamous 1996 drive-by shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas, has been arrested and charged with Shakur’s long-unsolved murder. The arrest was announced by law enforcement officials, who revealed that the 60-year-old Davis faces charges of murder with the use of a deadly weapon and a gang enhancement.
This development marks a significant breakthrough in a case that has intrigued the public and frustrated investigators for over two decades since the tragic shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. A Nevada grand jury indicted Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis for his alleged involvement in Shakur’s killing. Sheriff Kevin McMahill emphasized the importance of solving Tupac Shakur’s murder, dispelling any doubts about the case’s significance to the police department.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide team and detectives have tirelessly pursued this investigation for more than 25 years. Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis, known as the leader of the South Side Compton Crips, is believed to have played a pivotal role in the murder. Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo described Davis as the on-site commander who ordered Shakur’s death.
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Evidence Seized in Raid on Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis’s Home as Arrest Sheds New Light on Tupac Shakur Murder Case
According to USA Today article, the arrest followed a raid on Davis’ wife’s home in Henderson, during which law enforcement sought evidence related to Shakur’s murder, including computers, a cellphone, and Davis’s 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend.” In his memoir, Davis claimed that he had broken his silence on the matter in 2010 during a confidential meeting with federal and local authorities. Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis’ admission in a 2018 BET interview, where he stated that he was present in the Cadillac during the attack and suggested that shots came from the backseat, added new impetus to the case.
Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in 1996 while he was in a car with Marion “Suge” Knight. The incident followed a casino brawl earlier in the evening. Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles police detective who investigated Shakur’s murder, expressed that Davis’s indictment and arrest had been long-awaited by many. He highlighted Davis’s public statements and memoir as pivotal factors that reignited the investigation.
Kading noted that Duane ‘Keffe D’ Davis is the last living individual among those present in the vehicle during the shooting, and this arrest could potentially lead to a first-degree murder charge. The other individuals involved in the conspiracy have since passed away, making Davis the last remaining link to the individuals who conspired to kill Tupac Shakur.