Title: Retired Detective Speculates Las Vegas Police Delayed Arrest in Tupac Shakur Murder Case for Additional Evidence
Published: Sep. 30, 2023, 7:37 p.m. ET
By Matthew Sedacca
Las Vegas police may have delayed the arrest of Duane “Keefe D” Davis, a man openly discussing his involvement in the murder of rap icon Tupac Shakur, in order to gather more evidence for a strong case, according to a retired detective. Davis was arrested and charged with murder on Friday in connection to the 1996 shooting incident.
In a documentary interview five years ago, Davis revealed that he was present in a white Cadillac when a back-seat shooter fired at Tupac’s BMW in Las Vegas. Davis, along with others in the Cadillac, were reportedly associated with the South Side Compton Crips gang, while Tupac had affiliations with the rival Bloods gang.
Retired Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective Greg Kading, who previously investigated Shakur’s killing, suggested that Las Vegas PD waited to arrest Davis so that he would continue providing additional evidence through interviews and his memoir. Kading speculated that by allowing Davis to repeatedly confess his involvement, the police were building a compilation of confessions that would make it difficult for Davis to dismiss his claims as mere boasting or fabrication.
Davis publicly shared his ties to the Las Vegas shooting in a 2018 interview and subsequently in his 2019 memoir, titled “Compton Street Legend.” In these accounts, he detailed his position in the Cadillac during the drive-by shooting and implicated his nephew Orlando Anderson, also a member of the South Side Compton Crips, as the individual who fatally shot Tupac.
Clark County Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo described Davis as the on-ground commander and the individual who ordered Shakur’s death. It is important to note that Nevada does not have a statute of limitations for prosecuting murder cases.
The arrest of Davis marks a significant development in the long-standing investigation into the murder of Tupac Shakur, who died days after being shot at an intersection in Las Vegas. The delay in arresting Davis, as alleged by the retired detective, suggests a strategic move by the Las Vegas police to acquire substantial evidence before taking action.
As the case progresses, it remains to be seen how the accumulated evidence and Davis’s own confessions will play out in court. The arrest brings renewed attention to one of the most notorious crimes in the history of hip-hop and leaves many hoping for justice and closure for Tupac Shakur and his loved ones.