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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006, 13:24 GMT
Fresh probe over rapper's murder
Notorious BIG
Notorious BIG was murdered in Los Angeles in 1997
A new team of police is investigating the unsolved murder of rapper Notorious BIG, who was shot and killed in 1997 after a party in Los Angeles.

Officers were "following up on leads", said Asst City Attorney Don Vincent.

The rapper's family attempted in 2005 to sue LA and its police department for $18m (9.9m), accusing two ex-policemen of conspiracy in his killing.

A judge declared a mistrial was declared in July and she ordered LA to pay the family $1.6m (884,000).

She added that LA must pay the family a further $500,000 (276,000) for expenses and ruled that a police detective intentionally hid statements by a prison informant linking the killing to two officers.

'No evidence'

A retrial is expected later this year.

Notorious BIG - whose real name was Christopher Wallace - was killed on a street in March 1997, after seven shots were fired into his vehicle. The shooting took place after the Soul Train Awards.

He first won attention on singer Mary J Blige's song What's the 411 in 1992.

He was signed to Bad Boy by its founder, rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs - now known as Diddy - in 1993 and he became one of the rap world's biggest stars.

His family have alleged the police department covered up the involvement of rogue officers in the killing.

Mr Vincent told council members that there was no evidence police were involved in the killing.



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