There was a recent breakthrough in the investigation into the unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur after Las Vegas police arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting after nearly three decades. Despite the September 29 arrest of Duane “Keefe D” Davis, one of the eyewitnesses in the fatal incident, Suge Knight, told TMZ he’ll not testify against the suspect.
Knight, 58, co-founded Death Row Records, and Tupac was signed to the label at the time of his killing. Knight and Tupac were also the only individuals riding in the Black BMW the award-winning rapper was shot in during the drive-by on September 13, 1996. Tupac was 25 years old when he was murdered.
But Knight in the interview on Monday appeared to suggest authorities had erred in arresting 60-year-old Davis. He also debunked the assertion that the suspect’s deceased cousin, Orlando Anderson, was the person who opened fire on them.
“There were only two people in the car,” Knight said in reference to the Las Vegas incident. “Pac’s not gonna tell the story, I ain’t gonna tell the story. But I can tell you this: I never had nothing bad to say about Orlando because … he wasn’t the shooter … It wasn’t Anderson, so that’s all I got to say about that part.”
Davis, a suspect long on investigators’ radar, has openly acknowledged his presence in the Cadillac during the fatal drive-by shooting of Tupac. In his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” Davis detailed his involvement. He also claimed in the book that he provided the murder weapon.
But Knight, who is currently incarcerated after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter, was mum about Davis’ involvement in the shooting.
“Me and Keefe D played on the same Pop Warner football team,” said Knight. “And whatever circumstances — if he had an involvement with anything, if he didn’t have an involvement with anything — I wouldn’t wish somebody going to prison on my worst enemy.”
The police seized various items during the raid, including multiple computers, a cellphone, a hard drive, a Vibe magazine featuring Shakur, 40-caliber bullets, photograph-filled containers, and a copy of Davis’ 2019 memoir.
Davis has since been indicted on a charge of murder with the use of a deadly weapon. Following his arrest, Las Vegas police homicide Lt. Jason Johansson said Davis was the “shot caller for this group of individuals that committed this crime,” adding that the suspect “orchestrated the plan that was carried out.”