Suge Knight has stated that he will not testify against Duane “Keefe D” Davis in the ongoing 2Pac murder case, despite being an eyewitness to the 1996 shooting.
In a phone interview with TMZ on October 2, the co-founder of Death Row Records shared his thoughts on recent developments in the long-standing homicide investigation surrounding 2Pac, which saw Keefe D arrested by Las Vegas police the previous week.
Keefe D, a 60-year-old former gang member, has been charged with “murder with the use of a deadly weapon with the intent to promote, further, or assist a criminal gang.” This marks the first time charges have been filed in the 27-year-old case.
Suge Knight expressed surprise at the news and made it clear that he never wanted to see Keefe D arrested. He revealed a personal connection with Keefe D, saying, “Let’s get one thing straight, first and foremost: me and Keefe D played on the same Pop Warner football team. And whatever circumstances — if he had an involvement with anything, if he didn’t have an involvement with anything, I wouldn’t wish somebody going to prison on my worst enemy.”
Knight, currently serving a 28-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter, also contradicted the popular belief that Keefe D’s nephew, Orlando Anderson, was the shooter. He emphasized that Anderson wasn’t the one responsible, stating, “There were only two people in the car; ‘Pac’s not gonna tell the story, I ain’t gonna tell the story… But I can tell you this: I never had nothing bad to say about Orlando because […] he wasn’t the shooter [..] It wasn’t Anderson, so that’s all I got to say about that part.”
When asked if he would testify against Keefe D in the case, Suge Knight firmly responded, “I wouldn’t be. Well, number one, I’m not gonna get on the stand and testify on somebody for what? […] I wouldn’t go, I wouldn’t testify. None of that shit.”
Suge Knight’s statements align with those of a witness who testified before Keefe D’s arrest, claiming that Orlando Anderson was not the shooter. According to this witness, it was Deandre “Big Dre” Smith, who allegedly sat in the backseat of the car from which the shots were fired. Detectives believe Anderson was seated next to him, while Keefe D and another individual named Terrence Brown were in the front of the vehicle.
Keefe D is the sole surviving suspect and is alleged to have orchestrated the attack as “retribution” against 2Pac, who, along with his entourage, had confronted Anderson in the lobby of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the night of September 7, 1996.
Hours later, a vehicle pulled up next to 2Pac and Suge Knight’s BMW sedan at the intersection of East Flamingo Road and Koval Lane, opening fire. 2Pac sustained four gunshot wounds, and Suge Knight was hit in the head by a bullet fragment.
Tragically, 2Pac passed away in the hospital six days later, succumbing to his injuries at the age of 25.