Mistrial Declared in Notorious B.I.G Case

07/07/2005 at 08:15 AM EDT

Mistrial Declared in Notorious B.I.G Case
Notorious B.I.G.
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A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case after only three days of testimony, once it was discovered that large numbers of Los Angeles Police Department documents hadn't been turned over to family attorneys.

The turn of events means the rap star's family can file a new lawsuit seeking to link his unsolved 1997 killing to an LAPD corruption scandal.

The Ready to Die rapper, born Christopher Wallace and also known as Biggie Smalls, was 24 when he was gunned down eight years ago while leaving a crowded late-night party at a Los Angeles museum. His family's lawsuit against the city and LAPD claimed LAPD officer David Mack arranged to have Wallace killed at the behest of Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight, and that LAPD officials covered up Mack's involvement, reports the Associated Press.

Family attorneys, who had requested either a mistrial or default, reportedly plan to refile the suit with new allegations against the LAPD and Mack's onetime partner Rafael Perez.

The city had previously asked the judge to continue with the trial, arguing that any new documents largely revolved around hearsay. Assistant City Attorney Don Vincent said Wednesday that he would still like "to try the case on the merits."

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