Tupac Shakur Murder Suspect Accused of Spreading Falsehoods by Defense Attorney


Through the arid desert heat of a Las Vegas day, the lawyer for accused murderer Duane “Keffe D” Davis sauntered toward a waiting throng of reporters. His client stood implicated in the notorious 1996 drive-by shooting of hip-hop luminary Tupac Shakur. Yet, as the attorney, Carl Arnold, leaned into the microphones, he had a bombshell to drop: Davis, he insisted, had repeated a litany of falsehoods about the night that shook the music world.

Flanked by the heavy doors of the Regional Justice Center, he articulated this vehement claim in the waning sunlight of Tuesday evening. Davis – a once commanding figure in Los Angeles’ gang scene – had, in Arnold’s belief, given a myriad of storied accounts about that fateful Las Vegas night. However, his trial wouldn’t begin until the chill winds of November 4 arrived.

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In the flash and glimmer of Nevada justice, orchestrating a murder, as Davis is alleged to have done, is tantamount to pulling the trigger. But Arnold was steadfast in his legal rebuttal, emphasizing that his client’s tales of the murder were nothing more than carefully woven fictions. Predictably, he asserted, the prosecution could barely muster a stray thread of physical evidence to corroborate Davis’s claims.

“All we have is his word,” Arnold asserted, referencing Davis’ 2019 self-published book, “Compton Street Legend: Notorious Keffe D’s Street-Level Accounts of Tupac and Biggie Murders, Death Row Origins, Suge Knight, Puffy Combs, and Crooked Cops.”

In his manuscript, Davis chillingly confesses to ferrying his nephew, Orlando Anderson, in the now infamous white Cadillac from which the deadly salvo targeting Shakur and Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, erupted. The drive-by shooting at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Koval Lane left Shakur fatally wounded, dying six days later in a nearby hospital.

Yet for the defense, this narrative lacked concrete proof, particularly the key indicator of Davis’ presence in the city that never sleeps during the incident. Security footage from the MGM Grand, while capturing an altercation between Shakur, Knight, and their entourage with Orlando Anderson, did not corroborate Davis’ self-imposed alibi.

“There’s just nothing saying that he was here,” Arnold stated somberly, emphasizing the gaping holes in the prosecution.

The ambush on Orlando Anderson was, according to the police, the retaliation meted out by Shakur, Knight, and fellow Bloods gang member Trevon Lane for an earlier tangle. Yet for Arnold, this narrative sat uncomfortably at odds with Davis’s own supposedly concocted alibi. Arnold insisted that Davis, now 60, won’t take the stand, although Knight may be expected to appear, despite his earlier avowal to resist.

The legal theatre began in earnest when Davis, yanked from liberty on September 29, 2023 following a grand jury indictment for Shakur’s murder, was booked into Clark County Detention Center. Despite his bail pegged at $750K earlier this year, he continues to await his court date behind bars.

The cacophonous churn of the case garnered a stern response from Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson on Wednesday, who dismissed Davis’s defense, positing the prosecution’s evidence as “strong.” While Davis maintains his not guilty plea to first-degree murder, a conviction may very well see him spending his twilight years encased within a prison’s walls.