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3/11/2005 12:07:26 PM
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LOS ANGELES - The FBI, abandoning the theory that a rogue police officer may have been involved in the slaying of Notorious B.I.G., has closed its investigation into the rap star's 1997 murder.
The case was closed after federal prosecutors reviewed the evidence and concluded there was "no basis for prosecution," said Louis J. Caprino Jr., acting head of the criminal division of the FBI's Los Angeles office.
B.I.G., whose given name was Christopher Wallace, was shot to death March 9, 1997, in front of hundreds of witnesses as he left a music industry party at Los Angeles' Petersen Automotive Museum.
Investigators have pursued various theories, including one that the killing, and that of rap star Tupac Shakur in Las Vegas the year before, was the result of a feud between hip hop figures from the East and West coasts.
Shakur was the biggest West Coast hip hop star of his time, and he regularly exchanged insults and threats with B.I.G., his East Coast counterpart.
The FBI spent 18 months investigating the possibility that a rogue Los Angeles police officer working with rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight had orchestrated B.I.G.'s killing. Knight, whose Death Row Records was Shakur's label, has denied any involvement.
FBI officials abandoned the probe in January after learning the lead agent pursuing it had talks with lawyers for Wallace's mother, who is suing the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly covering up police involvement in her son's slaying. Voletta Wallace's suit, which seeks unspecified damages, is scheduled to go to trial April 12 in federal court in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that FBI officials have told Wallace's mother FBI agent Philip J. Carson will not testify in her lawsuit and that Carson has been ordered to have no further discussions with the lawyers.
FBI officials said the lawsuit had nothing to do with the decision to end the investigation.
"No one at the FBI was asked or directed to stop anything," Richard T. Garcia, the head of the agency's Los Angeles office, told the Times. "This investigation was reviewed diligently ... on a regular basis and the results were submitted to the U.S. attorney's office. They determined that the evidence was insufficient for prosecution. So we dropped it."
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