Tupac Murder Suspect Pleads Not Guilty, Avoids Death Penalty Possibility

The State won’t seek the death penalty for Duane Davis for his alleged role in the murder of rap superstar


FACING A MURDER charge in the Sept. 7, 1996 shooting death of Tupac Shakur, former California street gang boss Duane Davis received a little good news during his brief arraignment Thursday in a Las Vegas Courtroom.

The State won’t seek the death penalty for what authorities are calling Davis’ role as “shot-caller” in a drive-by shooting a block off the Las Vegas Strip that mortally wounded the 25-year-old Shakur and also wounded Death Row Records godfather Marion “Suge” Knight.

Davis, 60, is charged with first-degree murder with the use of a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement, which gave prosecutors the opportunity to press for the death penalty. He is the last living suspect in a homicide case that has frustrated investigators in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for nearly three decades.