Mac Minister is an American rapper, recently
found guilty for the murder of Kansas City rappers Anthony "Fat-Tone"
Watkins and Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2005.
Mac Minister was profiled on an episode of
America's Most Wanted, allegedly responsible for the murder of Anthony
Fat-Tone Watkins in Las Vegas, Nevada, in retaliation for the murder
of Bay Area hip-hop legend Mac Dre. After a 10-month manhunt, Mac was
apprehended by the FBI on the evening of March 2, 2006 while hiding
out in a San Francisco apartment, becoming AMW Direct Result Capture
Minister, real name Andre Dow and age 37, was
convicted along with his friend Jason “Corleone” Mathis of two counts
of first-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
The trial lasted less than a week. Both men received sentences of life
The bodies of the victims were later found riddled
with AK-47 bullets at a construction site outside of Las Vegas. MGM
Grand security cameras documented Minister leaving the hotel with two
men just hours before the slaying.
Police immediately sought to question him, but the
veteran rapper went on the lam, prompting a 10 month manhunt. The case
was featured prominently on America’s Most Wanted before Mac’s capture
on March 2, 2006.
He was sentenced to life in prison without the
possibility of parole on July 31, 2008.
West Coast Rapper Mac Minister Found Guilty Of
Authorities say Las Vegas homicides were part of a
war between Midwest and West Coast rappers
By Gil Kaufman - Mtv.com
July 22, 2008
San Francisco rapper Mac Minister (born Andre Dow),
37, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and two
counts of conspiracy to commit murder on Monday, in connection with
the May 2005 slayings of 24-year-old Anthony "Fat Tone" Watkins and
his 22-year-old friend, Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins. Authorities said the
murders were the final shots fired in a bloody Midwest/ West Coast rap
According to the Las
Vegas Review-Journal, the District Court jury in Las Vegas found
Dow guilty and recommended two life sentences without a chance of
parole. He will be formally sentenced on September 24.
Dow, who has worked with Too Short and Snoop Dogg,
first made headlines in 2000, when he got into a brawl with fellow Bay
Area rapper E-40 at the Source Awards. Though he is somewhat of an
underground figure in the larger rap world, his trial drew attention
because his witness list included Snoop, who could have been called to
testify in Dow's defense. Prosecutors claimed that Dow lured Watkins
and Akins to their deaths with the promise of meeting Snoop to discuss
a potential concert-promotion gig. But after the trial, one of Dow's
attorneys said that upon reviewing the evidence, they didn't feel the
need to question Snoop in court.
During the trial, prosecutors said that Dow and an
accomplice, 29-year-old Jason Mathis, killed Akins and Watkins as part
of a rap war between California rappers and Midwest MCs. Mathis' trial
is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas this week. Dow is also accused
of killing a potential witness in the case, 21-year-old prostitute Lee
Danae Laursen, who had been living with Dow and Mathis. Her car was
seen leaving the spot where Watkins and Akins were killed, and two
days after their indictment for the murders, she was found shot in the
Prosecutors painted the
murders of Akins and Watkins as retaliation for the November 2004
killing in Kansas City, Missouri, of Mac Dre (né Andre Hicks), an MC
from Vallejo, California. (Read about Mac Dre's influence in the San
Francisco hip-hop scene in the MTV News feature My Block: The Bay.)
According to the Review-Journal, despite being cleared by
police in Mac Dre's death, Watkins was still rumored to be linked to
the murder, which was reportedly instigated by a dispute over payment
for a concert.
Police said that Watkins and Akins were seen
leaving their hotel with Dow hours before they were murdered at a
construction site outside of Las Vegas. Dow's attorney said his client
and Watkins were friends who had traveled together to pursue their
music careers and were not rivals, but close associates. But when the
verdict was read, the Review-Journal reported that Akins'
mother broke down and cried, saying she was shedding "tears of joy."
Dow's reaction to the verdict after the weeklong
trial was described as being more stoic. Once the jurors handed down
the sentence, he told them, "God bless you all."
In July 2005, police pulled Dow over near the
Golden Gate Bridge and he fled the scene. In his abandoned car, police
reportedly found a documentary Dow had produced about his life and an
article about the murders of Akins and Watkins. He was arrested a
month later by the California Highway Patrol, and subsequently
released. In November 2005, he was indicted on two counts of murder
and conspiracy to commit murder, but remained at large.
While on the run, a source told MTV News, Dow
recorded the intro to the Game's Doctor's Advocate. Shortly
after being featured on Fox's "America's Most Wanted," the rapper was
finally apprehended by police in a San Francisco apartment in March
Bay Area Rapper Mac Minister Apprehended By FBI
Fugitive was wanted in connection with the murders
of two Kansas City, Missouri, rappers
By Shaheem Reid
March 3, 2006
Bay Area rapper Mac Minister, who has appeared on
albums by West Coast artists including Snoop Dogg and JT the Bigga
Figga, was apprehended by the FBI and San Francisco Police Thursday
night, according to authorities. Minister (born Andre Dow) had been a
fugitive from the law since November following indictments for the
murders of Kansas City, Missouri, rap artists Anthony "Fat Tone"
Watkins and Jermaine "Cowboy" Akins.
Watkins and Akins were found dead in Las Vegas in
May. Police have theorized that Mac killed the two men in retaliation
for the murder of Vallejo, California, rapper Andre "Mac Dre" Hicks,
who was shot dead in Kansas City in November 2004. Dre, a convicted
bank robber, turned his life around in the 1990s to devote himself to
rap. He became the leader of the Bay Area's feel-good Thizz movement,
which continues to grow.
On Thursday, the FBI received a tip that Mac
Minister, who was profiled on "America's Most Wanted" in February, was
hiding out in a San Francisco apartment. Federal authorities called in
local police to help with his capture. A San Francisco S.W.A.T. team
arrived on the scene around 6:30 p.m. After some resistance, Mac
Minister was detained at approximately 7:30 p.m.