The mother of Notorious B.I.G. reportedly has dropped a wrongful-death lawsuit against a former suspect in the rap star’s slaying.
Voletta Wallace had accused Amir Muhammad, aka Harry Billups, of shooting her son outside the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles after a music industry party on March 9, 1997.
Her decision to dismiss Muhammad as a defendant followed a pretrial deposition during which he denied any connection to the rapper’s death and offered to take a lie-detector test, unidentified sources close to the negotiations told the Los Angeles Times.
The confidential settlement didn’t include any payments, the sources said. Wallace’s attorneys refused to discuss additional details of the agreement with the newspaper.
Muhammad could not be reached for comment Friday morning, but he has long maintained his innocence and was never questioned by police in the killing of Notorious B.I.G. (real name: Christopher Wallace).
Voletta Wallace’s 2002 lawsuit still names the city of Los Angeles and Muhammad’s former college roommate, David A. Mack, a Los Angeles policeman now serving a 14-year federal prison sentence for bank robbery. It accused Mack of hiring Muhammad to shoot the hip-hop artist and police of failing to investigate properly after a fellow officer came under suspicion.
Though police never interrogated Muhammed, they had once investigated whether he was paid to shoot Wallace by rival rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight and Mack.
Muhammad became part of the probe when a jailhouse informant familiar with Mack told detectives that the rapper’s killer went by a “Middle East” sounding name. Muhammad had also visited Mack in prison, at the request of Mack’s family.
Investigators have not found a murder weapon or witnesses linking Mack to the shooting. He has denied any involvement in the murder.