Las Vegas Police Arrest Man in Tupac Shakur Drive-by Shooting Case

One of the last live witnesses to musician Tupac Shakur’s tragic drive-by shooting in Las Vegas was charged with murder Friday, a long-awaited breakthrough in a case that has vexed investigators and captivated the public.

Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo revealed in court Friday that a Nevada grand jury has indicted Duane “Keffe D” Davis on one count of murder with a deadly weapon.

Investigators have known Davis for a long time, and he has stated in interviews and in his 2019 tell-all biography, “Compton Street Legend,” that he was in the Cadillac from which the bullets erupted during the September 1996 drive-by shooting.

DiGiacomo described Davis as the “on-ground, on-site commander” who “ordered the death” of Shakur, who was killed at the age of 25.

Davis, 60, was detained this morning while out for a walk near his house in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, according to DiGiacomo.

Las Vegas police raided Davis’ home in mid-July. According to the search warrant, they were seeking for items “relating to the murder of Tupac Shakur.” They gathered several computers, a cellphone and hard drive, a Shakur-themed Vibe magazine, several.40-caliber bullets, two “tubs containing photographs,” and a copy of Davis’ memoir.

“It has often been said that justice delayed is justice denied,” District Attorney Steve Wolfson said after the hearing in a brief comment to the AP. “In this case, justice has been delayed, but justice won’t be denied.” A grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case for several months.

On Friday, Clark County District Judge Jerry Wiese denied Davis bail.

It was unclear whether Davis has an attorney who can speak on his behalf. Since the house raid, Davis has not responded to several phone and text messages from The Associated Press requesting comment.

Messages left Friday for his wife, Paula Clemons, also weren’t returned.

On September 7, 1996, Shakur was in a convoy of roughly ten automobiles led by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight in a BMW. When a white Cadillac came up next to them at a red light near the Las Vegas Strip, shooting erupted. Shakur was shot repeatedly and died a week later.

The rapper died as his fourth solo album, “All Eyez on Me,” was still selling well, with over 5 million copies sold. Shakur, who has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, is widely regarded as one of the most influential and versatile rappers of all time.

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