News: Biggie Wrongful Death Suit Still In Play, Loved Ones Hold Out For Justice

Monday, Jan 26, 2009 9:55AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

More than a decade since Christopher "Biggie Smalls" Wallace was murdered in California, his mother and others have spoken on the over-delayed wrongful death lawsuit.

Despite no one being convicted for Biggie's death, Voletta Wallace maintains her confidence.

"It hurts that this has been dragging on for so long," she said. "There's a little nudge now and then, but then we have to wait and wait and wait. But you have to understand: I have all the time in the world. I'm not going anywhere. I'm confident, based on evidence that has been brought forth, that in my life time I will see justice done in this case, and that's all I have to say." (People)

However, former police officials believe otherwise.

"To be honest I don't think it will see its day in court anytime soon because of the numerous problems with the case," said Detective Derrick Parker, a 20-year veteran of the NYPD who specialized in hip-hop related crime and now runs a security service in Manhattan. "No disrespect to the LAPD, but every time they get a new set of detectives on it, it fizzles out. They lose a lot. No D.A. is going to want to take a case like this unless they have it solid -- if you lose it, you are losing a high-profile case in front of the media." (People)

In August of 2006, the Los Angeles Police Department previously took initiative to cover the case.

Six veteran homicide detectives are leading a new police task force investigating the unsolved 1997 killing of rap star Notorious B.I.G. There was no new evidence that prompted the formation of the task force. But evidence discovered by the task force could help the city in its argument against the family's claims. (MSNBC)

As Biggie's murder went unsolved, his family pursued looked to a legal outlet to gain satisfaction.

He was 24 when he was gunned down in 1997 while leaving a crowded late-night party at a Los Angeles museum. His family's lawsuit against the city and LAPD claimed corrupt LAPD officer David Mack arranged to have Wallace killed at the behest of Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, and that LAPD officials covered up Mack's involvement. (USA Today)

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