The individual accused of being responsible for the killing of famed rapper Tupac Shakur has entered a plea of not guilty.
Duane “Keffe D” Davis, also known as Keefe D, was indicted by a Nevada grand jury on September 29 for his involvement in the 1996 murder. Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo identified Davis as the individual who served as the “on-ground, on-site commander” and gave the order for the victim’s death.
On Thursday, a plea of not guilty was entered by Duane “Keffe D” Davis, the person accused of masterminding the 1996 drive-by homicide of rapper Tupac Shakur.
The judge in charge of the trial declared that the prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty; however, if found guilty, Davis could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
On the night of September 7th, 1996, Tupac was shot while the car he was riding in with Suge Knight was halted at a traffic signal.
Davis declared that he was situated in the front of the Cadillac when gunshots were discharged and that he gave a .40-caliber firearm to his nephew, who was in the back seat.
It is said that in Nevada if one helps another person to commit a homicide, they can be held accountable as if they had perpetrated the crime themselves.
The sole individual who made it out of the Cadillac alive that night was Davis, out of the four people in it.
Orlando Anderson, who was suspected of involvement in Shakur’s death, was fatally shot in Compton in May 1998. Prior to his death, Anderson denied any connection to Shakur’s murder. DeAndre “Big Dre” or “Freaky” Smith, the other passenger in the backseat, passed away in 2004. Additionally, Terrence “Bubble Up” Brown, the driver, was fatally shot in Compton in 2015.
The YouTuber DJ Vlad has extensively interviewed numerous individuals involved in the case, including Davis, who have shared their different perspectives on the events.
Jerry Heller, the late N.W.A manager, claimed that Suge Knight ordered the hit on Tupac, while Knight himself stated that he was the intended target.
When asked about the rumors in 2016, former Bad Boy artist Ma$e dismissed them as nonsense but has since hinted at some level of involvement.
Each new development in the story has altered the perception of what is considered “true.” At this point, it is difficult to envision any verdict that would completely dispel the enduring myth surrounding the case.