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.