According to a retired detective who formerly investigated the stunning mur*der, police likely waited years before arresting the individual who publicly revealed his involvement in Tupac Shakur’s death so he could produce a “compilation” of confessions.
On Friday, Las Vegas police arrested and accused Duane “Keefe D” Davis with mur*der after he stated in a documentary interview five years ago that he was travelling in a white Cadillac when a backseat shooter opened fire on Tupac’s BMW in Sin City in 1996.
Davis and others in the Cadillac were supposedly members of the South Side Compton Crips, a major Los Angeles street gang, while Tupac was associated with the Bloods, a rival LA gang.
According to Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective, Las Vegas PD likely delayed arresting Davis because he shared his ties to the shooting in interviews, followed by a tell-all memoir, so he could continue supplying fresh evidence for an airtight case.
“Perhaps what they were doing was saying, ‘He’s already tied the noose, now, let’s let him hang himself,’” speculated Kading, who previously investigated Shakur’s killing.
“‘You didn’t just say it twice, you didn’t just say it five times,’ and so now you’ve got this compilation of so many confessions,” Kading continued. “The perception is that it’s going to be hard for him at this point to say, ‘Hey, I was just kind of boasting, making stuff up.'”
Davis bravely revealed facts about the drive-by shooting to BET in 2018, after being diagnosed with cancer. He was in the front seat of the Cadillac at the time.
Davis painted himself as one of the last live witnesses to Tupac’s death in his 2019 memoir, “Compton Street Legend,” while retelling specifics of the assassination.
“One of my guys from the back seat grabbed the Glock and started bustin’ back,” wrote Davis.
“As the rounds continued flying, I ducked down so that I wouldn’t get hit.”
Davis also claimed in his book that his nephew Orlando Anderson, who also was a member of the South Side Compton Crips, fatally shot Tupac.
Anderson, who died in 1998, denied any involvement in Shakur’s mur*der and was never charged.
Clark County Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo described Davis as the “on-ground, on-site commander” and “shot caller” who “ordered the death” of Shakur.
There is no statute of limitations in Nevada for prosecuting mu*rder charges.