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
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
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
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