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Man tied to suspected gunman in 1996 killing of rapper Tupac Shakur indicted on murder charge

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The last witness to the drive-by shooting death of Las Vegas rapper Tupac Shakur was charged with murder with a deadly weapon on Friday. A long-awaited breakthrough in the case. It has frustrated investigators and fascinated the public since the hip-hop icon was shot to death 27 years ago.

A Nevada grand jury has indicted Duane “Kev D” Davis for murder, prosecutors announced in court Friday. Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark DiGiacomo said the grand jury has been deliberating on the case for “several months.” DiGiacomo described Davis as the “ground, on-scene commander” who “ordered the execution” of Shakur.

The charges were announced hours after Davis, 60, was arrested this morning while walking near his home, according to DiGiacomo.

Davis, who has long been known to investigators, admitted in interviews and in his 2019 memoir “The Compton Street Chronicle” that he was in the Cadillac during the September 1996 drive-by shooting. Gunfire erupted from the Cadillac. Shakur was 25 years old when he was killed.

Las Vegas police raided a home linked to Davis in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson in mid-July. According to the search warrant, police are looking for items “related to the murder of Tupac Shakur.” They collected multiple computers, a cell phone and hard drive, a Shakur-themed Vibe magazine, several .40-caliber bullets, two “tubs with photos” and a copy of Davis’ memoir.

Clark County District Judge Jerry Weiss denied Davis bail.

It was unclear whether Davis had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. In the more than two months since the home raid, Davis has not returned multiple calls and text messages from The Associated Press seeking comment or an interview.

Shakur’s BMW was driven by Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight, and the convoy consisted of about 10 vehicles. They were waiting at a red light when a white Cadillac pulled up next to them and shots rang out. Shakur was shot multiple times and died a week later at the age of 25.

At the time of the rapper’s death, his fourth solo album, All Eyez on Me, was still topping the charts and had sold approximately 5 million copies. Shakur has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and is still largely considered one of the most influential and versatile rappers of all time.

Davis said in his memoir that he was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Cadillac and slid the gun used in the killing onto the back seat, where he said it was fired.

Davis suggested his nephew, Orlando “Baby Ryan” Anderson, said he was one of two people in the back seat. Anderson is a known rival of Shakur’s, having argued with the rapper at a casino shortly before the shooting.

After the casino brawl, Mr. DiGiacomo said, Davis defended his nephew and hatched a plan to exact revenge on Mr. Knight and Mr. Shakur.

Anderson died two years later. He denied any involvement in Shakur’s death.

Davis revealed in his memoir that he first broke his silence during a closed-door meeting with federal and local authorities in 2010. The then 46-year-old agreed to talk to them about Tupac’s killing and the shooting six months later of Tupac’s rap rival Biggie Smalls, also known as The Notorious BIG, who faced life in prison on drug charges.

“They offered to let me go because I was running a ‘criminal enterprise’ and implicated in the murders of Tupac and Biggie,” he wrote. “They promised that if I helped them, they would crush the indictment and stop the grand jury.”

Shakur was feuding with rap rival Biggie Smalls, who was shot to death in March 1997. At the time, both rappers were caught up in the East-Coast rivalry that largely defined the hip-hop scene in the mid-20th century. 1990s.

Greg Kading, a retired Los Angeles police detective who spent years investigating Shakur’s murder and wrote a book about it, said he was not surprised by Davis’ arrest .

The former Los Angeles police detective said he believes the investigation has gained new momentum in recent years after Davis publicly described his role in the murder, including in his 2019 memoir.

“It’s events like these that provide Las Vegas with the ammunition and leverage to move forward,” Kadin said. “Until Keffe D makes a public statement, these cases are currently not prosecutable.”

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