Ex-Cop Reportedly Suspect In B.I.G. Murder

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Los Angeles police are investigating a former police officer in connection

with the 1997 murder of rapper the Notorious B.I.G., the Los

Angeles Times reported on Thursday (Dec. 9). According to an ex-detective

quoted by the newspaper, police are pursuing the theory that former officer

David A. Mack, now in prison for bank robbery, conspired with Death Row

Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight to hire a friend of Mack's to

carry out the killing. A lawyer for Knight, Robin J. Yanes, said Knight

has never met Mack, according to the Times report. Donald M. Re,

a lawyer for Mack, is quoted as saying the theory is "ridiculous." In

April, police searched three of Knight's properties, saying they were

seeking evidence in a possible murder-for-hire plot. The Notorious B.I.G.

(born Christopher Wallace) was shot as he left a Los Angeles party,

following the Soul Train Awards, March 9, 1997. He was 24. An album of

previously unreleased tracks, Born Again, was released on Tuesday.