Long-sealed Notorious B.I.G. autopsy released

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012
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Police spokesman Richard French declined to comment, saying Wallace's killing remained an open investigation.

The coroner's report had been sealed for more than 15 years until police lifted a hold on it last week, Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey said. The report details the trajectory of each of the shots that hit the rapper and states there were no signs of alcohol or drugs in his system when he died.

Sanders, who dropped a federal civil lawsuit against the city in 2010 in order to give investigators an opportunity to investigate further, said solving the case was more important than any lawsuit.

"In no way shape or form is this about civil litigation," he said. "This is about the criminal justice system and it functioning properly."

The lawsuit Sanders filed on behalf of Wallace's family and widow Faith Evans ended in a mistrial in 2005 after attorneys discovered the city withheld a trove of LAPD documents.

The civil case could be refiled, although that has not yet occurred.

In March 2011, the FBI electronically released files on its investigation, which were heavily redacted but shed new light on the efforts that investigators took to try to find those responsible for the rapper's death. Agents conducted surveillance and interviews in Los Angeles, San Diego and New York, the files showed.

The FBI referred all questions on the case to Los Angeles police.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP .