James Rosemond's lawyer dismisses Dexter Isaac's claims
A convicted murderer who claimed he robbed Tupac Shakur on the orders of hip-hop mogul James Rosemond has been branded a liar who “can’t be trusted”.
Prisoner Dexter Isaac claimed that he was given $2,500 (£1,550) and some jewellery to carry out the robbery in 1994. He made the apparent confession in a letter published by hip-hop news website AllHipHop.com earlier this week.
However, Rosemond‘s lawyer Jeffrey Lichtman has since told the New York Daily News that the admission is a “flat out lie”.
“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,” he commented.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the newspaper that detectives are planning to interview Isaac about his confession.
In the correspondence, Isaacs admitted his part in the robbery, which saw the rapper shot five times at New York‘s Quad Studios.
“I want to apologize to his family [Tupac Shakur] and for the mistake I did. I am trying to clean it up to give [Tupac and Biggie Small‘s] mothers some closure.”
There have been numerous theories in the 17 years since the incident that the shooting at [Quad Studios contributed to the escalation of a feud between rival East Coast and West Coast gangs that culminated in the death of both Shakur and rap rival Biggie Smalls.
The murders of both Smalls and Shakur remain unsolved to this day.