It is well known that the person who killed rapper Tupac Shakur has never been found. But what is not widely remembered is that Shakur was shot a couple of years before that, and that gunman was never identified either. Until now, apparently.
A convicted killer serving a life sentence named Dexter Isaac has come forward to say that he shot and robbed Shakur outside of a recording studio in New York City in 1994. Shakur survived, only to be gunned down in Las Vegas two years later.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, Isaac told AllHipHop.com that he was working under orders of hip hop executive James "Jimmy Henchman" Rosemond. He said the CEO of Czar Entertainment paid him $2,500 and allowed him to keep all of the jewelry he stole from Shakur, except for one ring that he claims Rosemond wanted for his girlfriend.
"I want to apologize to (Shakur's) family and for the mistake I did for that sucker," Isaac said.
He told AllHipHop that he came forward in part because in a statement last month denying any involvement in the shooting, Rosemond said Isaac is a government informant.
Rosemond's attorney said Isaac is simply a liar.
"It's a flat out lie," Jeffrey Lichtman told the Daily News. "Dexter Isaac is not claiming this 17 years later to clear his conscience. He's doing it because he's told anybody who will listen he doesn't want to die in prison. He has kids and wants to work off his sentence. He can't be trusted."
Lichtman did admit that Rosemond is wanted on a federal fugitive warrant after prosecutors indicted him on drug charges.
New York City police say they "plan to interview" Isaac.