INVESTIGATION!!! #Tupac Shakur‘s Final Moments Alive Revealed In Never-Before-Seen Images PHOTOS/VIDEO]—-Investigators have released never before seen photos and videos showing the last moments of rap star Tupac Shakur’s life following the first ever arrest made in the murder.
At the event, law enforcement released new details surrounding the arrest of Duane #Keffe D Davis, the man charged in connection with the rapper’s death in September 1996.
Davis, 60, was taken into custody in Henderson, Nevada, on Friday, after he was indicted by a grand jury. He is charged with murder with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement.
Witnesses in the case pointed to Davis as being a member of the South Side Crips and a known drug trafficker. Shakur was affiliated with gangs, including the Bloods and Mob Piru, but was not considered a member.
For years, Davis has spoken openly about his apparent role in the death of the rapper in numerous interviews, including in a memoir about his life on the streets.
Grainy surveillance video from the MGM Grand on the night of Tupac’s murder shows the rapper leading an entourage in an attack rival gang member Orlando Anderson
It’s believed that this beating prompted Anderson and his friends, fellow South Side Crips, to kill Shakur
On the night of Sept. 7, 1996, Tupac Shakur and Death Row Records founder Marion ‘Suge’ Knight were in Las Vegas to watch a Mike Tyson heavyweight title match.
Outside the fight just after it ended, the men were involved in a brawl with Davis and his nephew, Orlando ‘Baby Lane’ Anderson, with whom Shakur had feuded previously.
The first arrest in the 1996 slaying of Tupac Shakur had its roots in the investigation of the killing of Biggie Smalls.
Later that night, Shakur was sitting in a BMW that Knight was driving when a Cadillac pulled up next to them and gunfire erupted.
Shakur was shot multiple times and died a week later at the age of 25. Davis had long been known to investigators as one of four suspects identified early in the investigation. He isn’t the accused gunman but was described as the group’s ringleader by authorities at a news conference and in court.
On Monday, investigators revealed that several photos, including four photos of Tupac’s corpse were shown to grand jury members.
The jury were also shown several interviews that Davis has done over the years where he discusses the murder. The suspect will make his first appearance in court on Wednesday.
Also on Monday, the man who was driving Tupac at the time of the shooting, Death Row Records CEO Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, told TMZ that he will not co-operate with police and testify in Davis’ trial.
In the same interview, Knight said that he doesn’t believe the police narrative that Davis or his nephew, Orlando Anderson, are guilty of the killing. Knight is prison serving 28 years in voluntary manslaughter.
During the grand jury hearings, Devonta Lee, who calls himself affiliated with the South Side Crips, said that he had heard that the man who pulled the trigger on Tupac was not Davis or Anderson but Deandre ‘Big Dre’ Smith.
Lee told the grand jury that Smith was sitting on the side of their car that Tupac was on and therefore he had the clear shot. Smith was somewhere 350 and 400 pounds and Anderson would not have been able to shoot around him, Lee said, reports KTNV.
Davis, now 60, said in his memoir, ‘Compton Street Legend,’ that he provided the gun used in the drive-by shooting.
Davis said he was in the front passenger seat of the Cadillac and had slipped a gun into the back seat, from where he said the shots were fired.
He implicated Anderson, saying he was one of two people in the backseat.
Anderson died two years later. He denied any involvement in Shakur’s death. DeAndre Smith died in 2004 as a result of ill-health.
Shakur and his entourage beat up Anderson at the MGM Grand later that night after watching a Mike Tyson fight
In this image Davis can be seen standing in the middle of a group of five men, with his nephew Orlando Anderson on the far right, who was named as a suspect before he was killed in 1998
The investigation that resulted in Davis’ arrest began as an investigation into the murder Shakur’s long-time rival Biggie Smalls aka Christopher Wallace in March 1997.
Now retired Los Angeles police detective Greg Kading was assigned to investigate the slaying of Smalls and in 2009 interviewed Davis as a person of interest in the case.
Davis had had been at the party at the Peterson Automotive Museum that Wallace had just left when he was shot.
Kading had helped build a federal drug case against Davis to get leverage to compel him to talk to Los Angeles police, who to date have made no arrests in the Wallace case.
‘He confesses to his involvement in the Tupac Shakur case, he gives all the details of how he and his co-conspirators killed Tupac,’ Kading recalled in an interview Friday with The Associated Press.
Davis, who had immunity for what he said in his police interview but not what he said outside it, went on to divulge many of the same details in documentaries, on podcasts and in a tell-all 2019 memoir that would give new life to the Las Vegas police probe and help lead to his grand jury indictment.
‘He has essentially talked himself right into jail,’ Kading said.
Davis revealed in the Netflix docuseries that they hopped into their Cadillac to find Tupac after the beat down, knowing he was due to perform at 662 Club that night
In Nevada a defendant can be charged with a crime, including murder, if you help someone commit the crime.
The grand jury also voted to add a sentencing enhancement to the murder charge for gang activity that could add up to 20 additional years if he’s convicted.
Hundreds of pages of transcripts released Friday provide a view into the first month of grand jury proceedings, which began in late July with testimony from former associates of Davis, friends of Shakur and a slate of retired police officers involved in the case early on.
Their testimony painted a picture for the jurors of a deep, escalating rift between Shakur’s music label Death Row Records and Bad Boy Records, which had ties to Davis and represented Wallace.
‘It started the whole West Coast/East Coast’ rivalry that primarily defined the hip-hop scene during the mid-1990s, one of Davis’ former associates testified.
In a statement Friday, Sekyiwa ‘Set’ Shakur, the rapper’s sister, described the arrest as a victory, but in a measured tone.
‘This is no doubt a pivotal moment. The silence of the past 27 years surrounding this case has spoken loudly in our community,’ she said. ‘It’s important to me that the world, the country, the justice system, and our people acknowledge the gravity of the passing of this man, my brother, my mother’s son, my father’s son.’
She gave no praise to the authorities who have worked the case.
‘I know there’s been many people who did not believe that the murder of Tupac Shakur was important to this police department,’
Sheriff Kevin McMahill said at a news conference Friday. ‘I’m here to tell you, that was simply not the case. It was not the case back then, and it is not the case today.’
He added, ‘every single victim, every life that is lost is important and remains a priority to this police department.