Notorious B.I.G. Informant Retracts Testimony, Says Wallace Family Offered Bribe
According to the LA Times, Waymond Anderson, who is presently serving life for murder, recently said that he lied about the LAPD's role in Biggie's murder. According to Anderson's disposition, the fraudulent testimony was part of a ruse planned by two other inmates in hopes of profitting from the settlement the Wallaces were to get from the city of Los Angeles.
Anderson also claims Perry R. Sanders Jr., the Wallace family's lawyer, promised him a percentage of any settlement should he testify that former LAPD cop Rafael Perez told him that former cop David A. Mack took part in the killing. He also admitted to fabricating conversations with Perez and Mack in his deposition. "I don't know David Mack, I don't know Rafael Perez," Anderson stated under oath. "[Perez and Mack] had no involvement with the . . . murder. It was a lie, and I'm ashamed of it. I did what I had to do to survive."
Meanwhile, the Wallace family attorney says Anderson's allegations are "100%, demonstrably false." "This is wholesale, made-up-out-of-whole-cloth perjury," Sanders told the LA Times. The lawyer also charged that Anderson had been acting for Chuck Phillips' infamous LA Times piece regarding Biggie's death, where Phillips explored the theory that LAPD cops were involved in the killing. Another of Phillips' pieces explored a theory that Anderson was wrongly imprisoned for murder. For that reason, Sanders pointed out that Anderson was likely to cater to Phillips who wrote the piece in his favor.
Biggie was murdered March 9,1997 outside a music industry party in Los Angeles. Volletta Wallace, Big's mother and Faith Evans, his widow, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD back in 2002, accusing crooked cops of plotting to murder the Brooklyn rapper.
The case ended in a mistrial in 2005 when reports spread that the LAPD was withholding evidence. The Wallace family was then awarded $1.1 million in legal fees. The family filed another wrongful death lawsuit earlier this year. A former LAPD deputy chief of internal affairs was recently dismissed as a defendant from the case.