Ex-Cop Reportedly Investigated In Notorious B.I.G. Killing

Former officer suspected of conspiring with Death Row Records co-founder 'Suge' Knight, newspaper says.

A former Los Angeles police officer is suspected of arranging the murder

of rapper Notorious B.I.G. with imprisoned Death Row Records co-founder

Marion "Suge" Knight, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday

(Dec. 9).

The newspaper, citing Los Angeles police documents and anonymous sources,

identified former officer David A. Mack, who is in prison for bank robbery,

as a suspect. Police are investigating a theory, according to the paper,

that Mack, who sometimes provided security for Death Row employees, had

conspired with Knight.

Mack's lawyer, Donald M. Re, was quoted in the Times as saying,

"It sounds absolutely ridiculous to me."

Knight's lawyer, Robin J. Yanes, said Thursday afternoon, "It's complete

nonsense. There is no connection between Suge Knight and Death Row Records

and David Mack."

Knight was identified as a suspect in the slaying in April, when police

searched three locations linked to the executive. He is serving a nine-year

prison sentence after violating his probation on an assault charge by

participating in a brawl in September 1996 in Las Vegas. That fight

occurred hours before Death Row Records rapper Tupac Shakur, 25, was killed

in a drive-by shooting.

Sources told the Times that the motive for the Notorious B.I.G.

shooting, six months later, may have been a feud between Death Row and

Bad Boy Entertainment, the Notorious B.I.G.'s label.

Police have been working to build a case against Mack for two years,

according to the Times. They first suspected Mack might be involved,

the paper reported, after discovering he drove a black Chevrolet Impala,

the same car model that witnesses said the gunman who shot the Notorious

B.I.G. was driving. The rapper (born Christopher Wallace) was killed outside

the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.

The Times said police also are investigating another theory that

members of the Crips, a street gang, killed Wallace because he failed to

pay them for security they once provided. Mack and Knight, according to

the paper, may have ties to a rival gang, the Bloods.

The paper said Mack allegedly hired a friend named Amir Muhammad to carry

out the murder. The Times reported it could not reach Muhammad for

comment.

The Notorious B.I.G., who was 24, became a hip-hop star with the lyrically

playful but introspective songs on his albums Ready to Die (1994)

and Life After Death (1996).

Born Again, a collection of previously unreleased tracks with

vocals by such rappers as Snoop Dogg and Juvenile, was released Tuesday.

Eminem raps with the late star on "Dead Wrong" (RealAudio

excerpt).

Two weeks ago, Wallace's mother, Voletta Wallace, said it was a comfort

for her just to hear her son's voice, regardless of the profanity and

street imagery on the album.

"When I think of Christopher, I come up with one word: love," she said.

"Not only did he love his friends, his family, his fans — they loved

him, too."