Notorious B.I.G. Murder Investigation Given New Life

Notorious B.I.G. Murder Investigation Given New Life

Posted: 01/07/2011 01:38 PM EST

Nearly 14 years after the death of Notorious B.I.G., CNN reports that the rapper's murder investigation has been given new life thanks to new information.

Though details remain sketchy, a task force comprised of local and federal agencies is looking into new leads. Word is the Los Angeles Police Department, the L.A. District Attorney's Office and the FBI are part of the task force.

Former LAPD detective Russell Poole retired from law enforcement after growing frustrated about Big's murder investigation. During his time working the case, Poole was working a theory that former Death Row boss Suge Knight had Biggie killed with the help of off-dutypolice officers. Poole's theory also fingers Knight for having Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down six months before Biggie after a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas, killed. According to Poole, the PD didn't allow him to look into leads that involved other police officers.

"I think I was getting too close to the truth," Poole told CNN. "I think they feared the truth would be a scandal.

Biggie was shot and killed after leaving a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1997. Though the killing remains unsolved to this day, Voletta Wallace, Biggie's mother, with help from Poole, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD in 2005. The suit charged the police department with failing to arrest murder suspects David Mack and Amir Muhammad despite having enough evidence to do so.

Stay tuned as this story develops.

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