Investigators have released never-before-seen photos and videos showing the final moments of rap star Tupac Shakur’s life after the first-ever arrest was made for the murder.
At the event, law enforcement released new details regarding the arrest of Duane “Keffe D” Davis, the man charged in connection with the rapper’s September 1996 death.
Davis, 60, was arrested Friday in Henderson, Nevada, after being indicted by a grand jury. He is charged with gang-enhancement murder with a deadly weapon.
Witnesses in the case named Davis as a member of the South Side Crips and a known drug dealer. Shakur was affiliated with gangs including the Bloods and Mob Piru, but was not considered a member.
For years, Davis has spoken openly about his apparent role in the rapper’s death in numerous interviews, including in his memoir about his life on the streets.
Grainy surveillance video from the MGM Grand the night of Tupac’s murder shows the rapper leading an entourage in an attack on rival gang member Orlando Anderson.
Shakur, accompanied by Marion ‘Suge’ Knight of Death Row Records, leads dozens of members of their group into an ambush.
The rapper and other members of the group can be seen stomping and kicking Anderson.
This beating is believed to have prompted Anderson and his friends, comrades in the South Side Crips, to kill Shakur.
Shakur seen with Suge Knight the night he died
Duane “Keefe D” Davis was arrested Friday morning by Las Vegas detectives and has been charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon.
On the night of September 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur and Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight were in Las Vegas to attend a Mike Tyson heavyweight title match.
Outside of the fight, just after it ended, the men were involved in a fight with Davis and his nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, with whom Shakur had previously feuded.
The first arrest in the murder of Tupac Shakur in 1996 originated in the investigation into the murder of Biggie Smalls.
Later that night, Shakur was sitting in a BMW that Knight was driving when a Cadillac pulled up alongside them and gunfire rang out.
Shakur was shot several times and died a week later, at the age of 25. Davis had long been known to investigators as one of four suspects identified early in the investigation. He is not the accused shooter, but he was described as the leader of the group by authorities at a news conference and in court.
On Monday, investigators revealed that several photos, including four photos of Tupac’s dead body, were shown to members of the grand jury.
The jury also saw several interviews Davis did over the years in which he discussed the murder. The suspect will make his first court appearance on Wednesday.
Also Monday, the man who was driving Tupac at the time of the shooting, Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, CEO of Death Row Records, said TMZ that he will not cooperate with police and will not testify at Davis’ trial.
At the news conference, investigators showed the last known photo of Shakur, taken minutes before the shooting.
In the same interview, Knight said he did not believe the police account that Davis or his nephew, Orlando Anderson, were guilty of the murder. Knight is serving a 28-year prison sentence for voluntary manslaughter.
During grand jury hearings, Devonta Lee, who says he is affiliated with the South Side Crips, testified that he had heard that the man who pulled the trigger on Tupac was not Davis or Anderson but Deandre ‘Big Dr. Smith.
Lee told the grand jury that Smith was sitting on the side of their car that Tupac was in and therefore had a clear view. Smith weighed between 350 and 400 pounds and Anderson could not have pulled around him, Lee said, reports KTNV.
Davis, now 60, said in his memoir “Compton Street Legend” that he provided the gun used in the drive-by shooting.
Davis said he was in the front passenger seat of the Cadillac and slipped a gun into the back seat, where he believed the shots were fired from.
He implicated Anderson, saying he was one of two people sitting in the back seat.
Anderson died two years later. He denied any involvement in Shakur’s death. DeAndre Smith died in 2004 due to health problems.
Shakur and his entourage beat Anderson at the MGM Grand later that night after attending a Mike Tyson fight.
In this image, Davis can be seen standing in the middle of a group of five men, with his nephew Orlando Anderson on the far right, who was named as a suspect before he was killed in 1998.
The investigation that led to Davis’ arrest began with an investigation into the murder of Shakur’s longtime rival Biggie Smalls, aka Christopher Wallace, in March 1997.
Now retired Los Angeles Police Department Detective Greg Kading was assigned to investigate Smalls’ murder and interviewed Davis in 2009 as a person of interest in the case.
Davis had attended the party at the Peterson Automotive Museum that Wallace had just left when he was shot.
Kading had helped build a federal drug case against Davis to gain leverage to compel him to talk to Los Angeles police, who so far have made no arrests in the Wallace case.
“He confesses his involvement in the Tupac Shakur affair, he gives all the details of how he and his co-conspirators killed Tupac,” Kading recalled in an interview Friday with The Associated Press.
Davis, who had immunity for what he said during his police interview but not for what he said outside of it, later disclosed many of the same details in documentaries , on podcasts and in a tell-all 2019 memoir that would breathe new life into the Las Vegas police investigation and help lead to its grand jury indictment.
“He basically convinced himself to go to prison,” Kading said.
Shakur was in a BMW driven by Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight in a convoy of about 10 cars.
Davis revealed in the Netflix documentary series that they jumped in their Cadillac to find Tupac after the beating, knowing he was scheduled to perform at the 662 Club that night.
In Nevada, a defendant can be charged with a crime, including murder, if he or she helps someone commit the crime.
The grand jury also voted for a sentencing enhancement for the gang activity murder charge, which could total up to 20 additional years if convicted.
Hundreds of pages of transcripts released Friday provide insight into the first month of grand jury proceedings, which began in late July with testimony from former Davis associates, friends of Shakur and a group of retired police officers involved in the affair from the start.
Their testimony painted a picture for jurors of a deep and growing rift between Shakur’s music label, Death Row Records, and Bad Boy Records, which had ties to Davis and represented Wallace.
“It started the whole West Coast-East Coast rivalry” that primarily defined the hip-hop scene in the mid-1990s, one of Davis’ former associates testified.
In a statement Friday, Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur, the rapper’s sister, called the arrest a victory, but in a measured tone.
“This is undoubtedly a pivotal moment. The silence over the past 27 years around this case has spoken volumes in our community,” she said. “It is important to me that the world, the country, the justice system and our people recognize the seriousness of the death of this man, my brother, my mother’s son, my father’s son.”
She offered no praise for the authorities who worked on the case.
“I know a lot of people didn’t believe the killing of Tupac Shakur was important to this police department,” he added.
said Sheriff Kevin McMahill during a press conference Friday. “I’m here to tell you that that simply wasn’t the case. This was not the case then and it is not the case today.
He added: “Every victim, every life lost is important and remains a priority for this police service.