Notorious B.I.G Retrial Pushed Back Until Jan. 07

U.S. District Judge

Florence-Marie Cooper has postponed the wrongful death lawsuit involving rapper

Notorious B.I.G. to give the family's attorney more time to seek information

from the defense the Associated Press reported today.

Judge Cooper has

set the retrial date to January 16, three months later than the original October

16 date originally set on June 8.

A mistrial was

declared last summer after it was discovered that an LAPD detective intentionally

withheld statements from an informant that may have linked two police officers,

David Mack and Rafael Perez to B.I.G.'s murder.

Lawyers for B.I.G.'s

estate have maintained that Mack and Perez, former LAPD police officers, helped

orchestrate the murder on the orders of Marion "Suge" Knight, CEO

of Death Row Records.

B.I.G. was gunned

down on March 9, 1997 after a party at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los


The city of Los

Angeles to pay over $1 million dollars in legal fees to B.I.G.'s estate last

summer as well.