Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rapper Fat Tone's Killer Sentenced

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 2:23 PM

By HANNAH ZIMMERMAN

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There's a new chapter in the war between West Coast and Midwest rappers. And this time it's Kansas City that's getting some justice, in the form of a murder conviction.

A jury in Las Vegas on Monday found Andre “Mac Minister” Dow guilty of murder and conspiracy to commit murder for killing KC rapper Anthony “Fat Tone” Watkins and his friend Jermaine “Cowboy” Akins in 2005. Dow shot Watkins and Akins after luring them to a supposed meeting with Snoop Dogg. The jury gave him two life sentences.

Next week, Dow's friend Jason Mathis goes on trial for the same charges. Prosecutors say Dow and Mathis killed Akins and Watkins out of revenge for the 2004 Kansas City shooting of Andre “Mac Dre” Hicks of Vallejo, California.

Rumors flew around in the rap community that Watkins was linked to the shooting of Hicks, despite the fact that he had an alibi and was cleared as a suspect. Unfortunately, the rap war between the West Coast and the Midwest was stronger than his alibi, and he and Akins were shot and killed in Las Vegas.

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