Relatives of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. have removed two men accused of conspiring to kill the performer from a wrongful death lawsuit, leaving the City of Los Angeles the lone defendant.
The decision follows a paid informant’s admission in civil court that his statement about corrupt police officers and rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight plotting to kill B.I.G. was mostly “hearsay.” He also described himself as a paranoid schizophrenic.
Court papers filed June 10th dropped former officer David Mack from the suit and attorneys were expected to file papers June 13th to drop Amir Muhammad, Mack’s college classmate.
Notorious B.I.G., whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was gunned down in March 1997 following a music industry afterparty in Los Angeles. The case remains unsolved.
His mother, Violetta Wallace, the rapper’s estate and other relatives sued the city, claiming Los Angeles Police Department officials covered up police involvement in the murder.
The lawsuit, scheduled to go to trial in late June, seeks unspecified damages.