The sole surviving witness to the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, Duane “Keffe D” Davis, has been formally charged with open murder involving the use of a deadly weapon, along with a gang enhancement. This indictment follows Davis’s media statements in 2018, which reignited the investigation into the murder. The charges were revealed shortly after Davis, aged 60, was arrested near his residence.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo disclosed that a grand jury had been convened for this case over several months. He characterized Davis as the individual who gave the order for Shakur’s murder and was the on-ground commander.
Furthermore, it was revealed that Davis had acquired the firearm used to kill Shakur from a close associate. He was described as the “shot-caller” within a group of three suspects, all of whom are now deceased. Davis has previously admitted his presence in the Cadillac during the drive-by shooting in September 1996 in interviews and his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend.”
A police raid was conducted at his wife’s Nevada residence, during which various electronic devices, books, magazines, and photographic materials were seized. Authorities confirmed that this evidence corroborated information gathered during the investigation.
Tupac Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996, while riding in Marion “Suge” Knight’s BMW. Davis’s 2018 interview revealed that all occupants of the Cadillac that night were members of the South Side Compton Crips gang, seeking retribution against Shakur due to a prior altercation. Shakur, just 25 years old at the time, was a prominent rapper, with his album “All Eyez on Me” still topping charts.