Trial Date Set for Accused in 1996 Tupac Shakur Murder Case

by Sophia Chen
Tupac Shakur murder trial

The former leader of a street gang in Southern California, indicted in the killing of renowned rapper Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996, is anticipated to be assigned a trial date on Tuesday, with proceedings expected to commence in the following year.

Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis, once at the helm of gang activities, faces a potential life sentence, with the death penalty off the table. Last Thursday, he entered a plea of not guilty and is currently detained in Las Vegas.

Davis, aged 60 and a Compton, California native, was apprehended on September 29 at a residence near Las Vegas where a July 17 search warrant had been executed.

Davis has come into the spotlight in past years, confessing in various interviews and his 2019 autobiography that he was the mastermind behind the drive-by shooting that resulted in Shakur’s death at the young age of 25 and left the music tycoon Marion “Suge” Knight wounded.

Knight, who is now 58 years old, is incarcerated for a 28-year term in a California state prison following his conviction for the manslaughter of a Compton businessman in 2015.

Currently, Davis stands as the sole surviving individual from the car involved in the fatal shooting. He has disclosed his battle with cancer as well.

The prosecution argues that the murder stemmed from a power struggle between East Coast and West Coast factions within the hardcore hip-hop scene. It was revealed to the grand jury that just prior to his death, Shakur was embroiled in a physical altercation at a casino on the Las Vegas Strip with Davis’ nephew, Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson.

Anderson, who was 22 at the time, consistently refuted any role in the murder of Shakur and was himself gunned down in a separate shooting incident in Compton two years following Shakur’s death.

Self-incrimination by Davis occurred through several interviews and within the pages of his memoir, where he chronicled his leadership of a Crips sect in Compton.

He alleged that in 2010 he was offered immunity by Los Angeles authorities in exchange for his testimony regarding the murders of Shakur and another eminent rapper, Christopher Wallace, known as The Notorious B.I.G. or Biggie Smalls, who was killed six months after Shakur in Los Angeles.

Tupac Shakur’s legacy includes five No. 1 albums, six Grammy nominations, and a 2017 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This year marked the posthumous bestowal of a star for Shakur on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Recently, a street in Oakland, California, where Shakur once resided during the 1990s, was renamed in tribute to the late rapper.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Tupac Shakur murder trial

Who is the accused in Tupac Shakur’s 1996 murder case?

Duane Keith “Keffe D” Davis, a former gang leader from Southern California, is charged with the murder of Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas in 1996.

What is the potential sentence for Duane “Keffe D” Davis if convicted?

If convicted, Davis could face a life sentence in prison, as the death penalty is not being considered in his case.

When is the trial date for the Tupac Shakur murder case expected to be set?

The trial date for the murder case is expected to be set on Tuesday and the proceedings are likely to start in the next year.

Did Duane “Keffe D” Davis plead guilty to killing Tupac Shakur?

No, Duane “Keffe D” Davis pleaded not guilty to the charges last Thursday.

Has “Keffe D” Davis previously admitted to being involved in Tupac Shakur’s murder?

Yes, in various interviews and his 2019 autobiography, Davis claimed he orchestrated the drive-by shooting that killed Tupac Shakur.

Is there anyone else alive who was involved in the shooting of Tupac Shakur?

No, Duane “Keffe D” Davis is reportedly the only surviving person who was in the vehicle from which the shots that killed Tupac Shakur were fired.

Who was Tupac Shakur?

Tupac Shakur was a highly influential rapper and hip-hop artist with five No. 1 albums and six Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 and received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

What was the alleged motive behind Tupac Shakur’s killing according to prosecutors?

Prosecutors contend that the shooting was a result of a rivalry between East Coast and West Coast rap factions for dominance in the gangsta rap genre.

What honor was recently bestowed upon Tupac Shakur in Oakland, California?

A street was renamed in honor of Tupac Shakur near where he lived in Oakland, California, during the 1990s.

More about Tupac Shakur murder trial

You may also like


TrueCrimeBuff November 7, 2023 - 7:55 pm

Keffe D spillin’ beans ’bout Tupac’s murda? dayum, it’s been years, but truth might finally come out!

HipHopEnthusiast November 7, 2023 - 8:10 pm

no death penalty 4 keffe d? smh! but, life sentence possible. hope justice’s served.

TupacFan91 November 8, 2023 - 12:06 am

wow, this is sum serious stuff! keffe d makin claims, but trial’s gon’ tell. tupac’s a legend tho!

WestCoast4Life November 8, 2023 - 1:58 am

Tupac finally gettin’ some street named after him in Oakland. Bout time!

RapGameHistory November 8, 2023 - 2:37 am

East Coast-West Coast beef, it was wild back then. Tupac’s legacy still strong.


Leave a Comment


BNB – Big Big News is a news portal that offers the latest news from around the world. BNB – Big Big News focuses on providing readers with the most up-to-date information from the U.S. and abroad, covering a wide range of topics, including politics, sports, entertainment, business, health, and more.

Editors' Picks

Latest News

© 2023 BBN – Big Big News