On June 3, 2024, Duane Keith ‘Keffe D’ Davis, the man allegedly responsible for orchestrating the 1996 murder of iconic American rapper Tupac Shakur, is set to appear in court.
Davis, a former Southern California street gang leader, was arrested in September for his alleged involvement in the Las Vegas drive-by shooting that claimed the life of Tupac Shakur 27 years ago.
Notably, Davis is the only individual from inside the vehicle involved in the shooting who is still alive. He is also the sole person to have been charged in connection with the murder of Tupac Shakur. As the trial date approaches, Davis, now 60 years old, faces serious legal proceedings.
Davis, who describes himself as a ‘gang member,’ entered a not-guilty plea in a Las Vegas courtroom on November 2. This plea followed some delays and uncertainty regarding his legal representation. Despite the gravity of the charges, prosecutors have announced that they do not intend to seek the death penalty for Davis.
During the plea hearing, Davis appeared in dark-blue jail attire and responded to a series of questions posed by the judge. He confirmed that he had completed one year of college, was not under the influence of drugs, medication, or alcohol, and acknowledged the murder charge against him.
Originally hailing from Compton, California, Davis was arrested on September 29 outside a residence in suburban Henderson. His arrest came as a result of a search warrant executed by Las Vegas police on July 17, bringing renewed attention to one of the most enduring mysteries in hip-hop music.
Davis remains incarcerated without bail, having chosen not to testify before the grand jury that indicted him. He has also declined to speak with The Associated Press from jail.
The indictment against Davis alleges that he procured and provided a firearm to an individual in the back seat of a Cadillac just before the car-to-car gunfire that fatally wounded Tupac Shakur and also injured rap music mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight.
Knight, now 58, is currently serving a 28-year sentence in a California prison for his involvement in the death of a Compton businessman in 2015. He has not responded to messages through his attorneys seeking comment regarding Davis’s arrest.
The upcoming trial of Keffe D Davis is expected to shed new light on a long-standing and enigmatic chapter in the world of hip-hop and rap music.