A breakthrough has finally occurred in one of hip-hop’s most enduring mysteries as Duane “Keffe D” Davis, 60, was arrested and charged with the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur.
Although Davis is not the accused gunman, authorities describe him as the “shot caller” in the case. Davis admitted in interviews and his 2019 memoir that he provided the gun used in the drive-by shooting.
Davis was arrested while on a walk near his home on the outskirts of Las Vegas, just hours before prosecutors announced his indictment on one count of murder with a deadly weapon.
The grand jury also added a sentencing enhancement for gang activity that could potentially result in an additional 20 years if he is convicted.
This arrest followed a police raid on Davis’ home in Henderson, Nevada, a few months earlier, which was related to the murder of Tupac Shakur. It’s unclear if Davis has legal representation at this time.
Tupac Shakur was shot and killed on September 7, 1996, while waiting at a red light near the Las Vegas Strip. Davis claimed to have been in the front passenger seat of the Cadillac from which the shots were fired, implicating his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, as one of the shooters.
Anderson, who was involved in a casino brawl with Shakur shortly before the shooting, died two years later and denied any involvement in Shakur’s death.
Prosecutors have been in contact with the rapper’s family, who are reportedly pleased with the news of Davis’ arrest. The case has remained unsolved for 27 years, and Shakur’s murder has long been a topic of intrigue and speculation in the world of hip-hop.