The Los Angeles Police Department is apologizing for the publicized release of Notorious B.I.G.'s autopsy report from 1997. Authorities cite “an administrative error” in the disclosure of the report.
Detectives unsealed the document without giving the family prior notice, which they are also apologizing about. The move by LAPD to make the report public raises questions on whether or not they have found new leads in the rapper's murder case.
“What legitimate lead could be stimulated by releasing an autopsy that says 'Mr. Wallace was shot,' when everyone knows that? Why don't they release some of the clues they have?,” lawyer Perry Sanders Jr. says on behalf of Wallace's family.
“Our detectives personally spoke with the Wallace family (Friday) night, and apologized for not notifying them prior to the release,” Captain Billy Hayes, head of LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, responds.
As we wrote
on Saturday, Christopher Wallace, a.k.a Notorious B.I.G., was shot in a drive-by, while he was sitting in his car, on March 9, 1997.
The medical examiner's officer noted that he incurred 4 gunshots, of which 3 were not fatal. The last bullet perforated his body in the hip area, and touched several vital organs.
No alcohol or drugs were found in B.I.G's system during the autopsy. Not having been identified when he was brought in, the coroner put down “Decedent may be rap singer” in the “Other Pertinent Information” section.
The captain also spoke in about solving the 15-year-old case, which they have had difficulty with until now, AceShowbiz
“Obviously this has been a challenging case for us to solve. We hope that witnesses or other people with information will come forward and give us the clues we need to solve this case,” he states.