No, there’s not about to be an arrest in the cold case from the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, Las Vegas police told TheWrap.
“We are aware of the statements made in the BET interview regarding the Tupac case. As a result of those statements we have spent the last several months reviewing the case in its entirety,” Lt. Ray Spencer, who heads up the LVMPD Homicide Section, told TheWrap in a statement Thursday. “Various reports that an arrest warrant is about to be submitted are inaccurate. This case still remains an open homicide case.”
So what is this interview they are referencing that has led the LVMPD to review the case “in its entirety” over the last few months? Well, there was an episode of BET’s “Death Row Chronicles” docuseries that aired in February and featured interviews with Keffe D — a Southside Crips member and the late Orlando Anderson’s uncle (real name Duane Keith Davis) — and former LAPD Det. Greg Kading about Shakur’s murder.
In that sit-down, Davis revealed new details about the incident that raised some suspicions with viewers. It even caught the eye of Kyle Long, the creator of USA Network’s “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.,” who told TheWrap during an interview about the series finale in April that “it is outrageous that Keffe D is not in jail” right now in association with the rapper’s murder.
“I would say, in regards to the Tupac murder, I think it’s — you know — very clear what happened,” Long told TheWrap. “There’s elements of it that are questionable, but certainly Keffe D and the Southside Crips killed Tupac Shakur. And it is outrageous that Keffe D is not in jail. And that should be in the article.”
“In the [‘Unsolved’] finale, when you see why the whole Keffe D thing, how he had immunity and that — long story short, in real life and in the television show, he had immunity to make this confession to the task force,” Long said. “When the task force fell apart he still had immunity.”
“But this guy, this year — no one is talking about this, but I guess people just don’t care about Tupac Shakur, a young black man — he, this guy goes on a documentary this year and tells a version of the same story, he tries to go all cute and say, ‘I don’t know who triggered there,'” Long said, referencing the “Death Row Chronicles” interview. “But he talked about being in the car with the Crips, they specifically went to hunt [Tupac] down and then Tupac gets shot, you just have to say who pulled the trigger.”
However, Long said that, to him, it ultimately “doesn’t matter that he doesn’t say who pulled the trigger.”
“He went live on television and confessed to being an accessory to murder and the Las Vegas PD, as far as I know, is doing nothing about it,” Long continued. “And I just think it’s outrageous. I just don’t understand it. It makes me upset. And it’s just crazy town to me. It is so wild that a guy can — and I don’t know what kind of lawyer he has telling him to go on this television show and talk about it, but you know, it’s crazy. So that’s my rant about Keffe D and the Tupac murder, like to me, that murder, you could go arrest someone for that right now.”
According to the LVMPD Homicide Section, sounds like you couldn’t go arrest someone for that right now.