Suge Knight Will Not Testify Against Keefe D In Upcoming Tupac Shakur Murder Trial

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Suge Knight, the record executive who founded Death Row Records and was beside the late Tupac Shakur when he was fatally shot, has confirmed he will not be testifying against Keefe D in the upcoming trial for Tupac’s murder case.

Keefe D was arrested in Las Vegas last week after local authorities gathered evidence that he either fatally shot Tupac or helped plan his murder. Acclaimed rapper Tupac Shakur was murdered in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Knight alleged to TMZ that he felt the shooter was an individual that the authorities are yet to arrest.

CHICAGO - MARCH 1994: Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for photos backstage after his performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994.
CHICAGO – MARCH 1994: Rapper Tupac Shakur poses for photos backstage after his performance at the Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Tupac’s Death

Sheriff Kevin McMahill confirmed in a press conference that the Shakur family had been contacted. McMahill also acknowledged the decades of conspiracy theories surrounding Shakur’s tragic death, saying that despite what many assumed about the authorities’ attention on the case, the Las Vegas police always wanted to “hold the killers accountable.”

Duane Keith Davis, also known as Keefe D, has long alleged he played a role in Tupac’s death. After thorough investigations into the intricacies and gang affiliations of the killers, Las Vegas police finally arrested Davis for the September 7, 1996 murder, confirming that the bullet that killed the late rapper was fired from a white Cadillac he was riding in. Tupac was in Vegas to see a Mike Tyson-Bruce Seldon prizefight. The then 25-year-old rapper was shot four times before his death.

A grand jury in Clark County indicted Davis on one count of murder with use of a deadly weapon and with the intent to promote, further or assist a criminal gang. Davis is reportedly in police custody. Davis previously recounted the shooting as an act of retaliation after Shakur and his associates beat up Davis’s nephew, Orlando Anderson, following the boxing match at the MGM Grand hotel.

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Suge Knight, a longtime friend of Tupac’s up until his tragic death, has never spoken poorly of the late rapper. Knight is already serving a prison sentence in California, and some sense that his avoidance of the trial could only be an attempt to avoid a longer prison sentence.


Others suspect that he could have betrayed his friend, and even went as far as drawing comparisons to a more recent OJ Simpson quote.

Elsewhere, some went as far as accusing Knight of betraying his friend and being in on his murder.

Knight is currently serving time on voluntary manslaughter charges for a different 2015 shooting, in which his Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter was killed. A date for Tupac’s murder trial is yet to be announced at this time.

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