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3/4/2006 8:45:03 AM

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A double slaying last May that led to the arrest of a rap figure in California stemmed from a feud between Midwest and West Coast music industry groups, authorities said Friday.

But police said they didn't know if the arrest late Thursday in San Francisco of Andre "Mac Minister'' Dow, 35, would reveal links to other local cases or signal an end to a spate of violence dating to at least late 2004 in Kansas City, Mo.

"Rappers of prominence are getting killed,'' Las Vegas homicide Lt. Lewis Roberts said. ""We don't know if it's over or not."

Dow, who has been identified as a suspect in a third slaying in California, was arrested Thursday in San Francisco on a federal warrant charging him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, authorities said.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger said Friday he'll seek Dow's extradition for trial in Las Vegas.

Dow is believed to have fled to the Bay Area after his indictment Nov. 2 on two counts of murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the May 23, 2005, killings of Kansas City rapper Anthony "Fat Tone'' Watkins, 24, and Jermaine "Cowboy'' Akins, 22.

A Las Vegas police affidavit seeking an arrest warrant calls the slayings revenge for the November 2004 drive-by slaying in Kansas City of California rapper Andre "Mac Dre'' Hicks, 34.

Surveillance cameras videotaped Dow, Watkins and Akins walking out of the MGM Grand hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip last May 22 about 80 minutes before Watkins and Akins
were shot numerous times with an assault rifle as they sat in a car in a cul-de-sac in a residential construction site, according to the affidavit.

Another man, Jason Mathis, 26, an aspiring rap promoter, also has been charged in the slayings. He was arrested July 12, has pleaded not guilty and is being held at Clark County jail in Las Vegas awaiting trial.

Mathis owned the AK-47 used in the slayings, according to police. He also was accused of being a pimp for Lee Danae Laursen, a former Utah resident who was seen leaving the cul-de-sac after the shooting. Laursen, 21, was shot to death Nov. 4 in California and police have identified Dow as a

Dow, a music promoter who has appeared on rap albums, made headlines five years ago when he and another rapper brawled at the nationally televised Source Awards show.

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