Central Figure In B.I.G. Wrongful Death Lawsuit Dismissed From Case

Voletta Wallace, mother

of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G., dismissed Amir Muhammad, the man she accused

of shooting her son, from a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to the

Los Angeles Times, Wallace had named Muhammad as the triggerman who shot her

son to death as he was stopped at a red light in Los Angeles, after attending

an after-party for the Vibe Awards in 1997.

Muhammad has repeatedly

denied that he was the shooter and offered to take a lie-detector test.

Despite facial

qualities that resemble a composite sketch of the shooter that police drew from

witness reports, Muhammad has never been questioned about the murder of B.I.G.

The dismissal of

Muhammad could have far reaching implications for the case, as he was central

figure in the wrongful death lawsuit.

Wallace claimed

that former Los Angeles Police Department officer David Mack hired Muhammad

on Marion “Suge” Knight’s urging, to shoot her son.

Without Muhammad,

reports said it will be difficult to prove that there was a conspiracy among

the LAPD to help gun down her son.

The LA Times report

said that a confidential settlement was reached between the two parties, but

no money was exchanged.

Wallace is still

suing the city of Los Angeles and David Mack, a former police officer and member

of the Bloods street gang, who was convicted of bank robbery and is currently

serving a 14-year prison sentence.

Wallace offered

to settle the case out of court for $105 million, but that figure was reduced

to $18 million, which was rejected last month by City Council, according to

the LA Times.

The case was postponed

earlier this month and the judge issued an order to conduct the trial in three

phases.

In the first phase,

attorneys for Wallace must prove that Mack was responsible for hiring Muhammad,

despite no murder weapons or witnesses linking Mack to the shooting.

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