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Biggie Smalls Murder Confession: Voletta Wallace's Attorney Still Has Questions

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Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 5:05 PM
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A couple weeks ago, ex-LAPD detective Greg Kading says he handed Voletta Wallace, mother of Biggie Smalls, a copy of his new book, Murder Rap, in which Kading reveals never-before-seen evidence implicating Suge Knight in the death of her son.

After giving her the book, Kading claims that Wallace thanked him, saying it would prove "very beneficial."

But Wallace's attorney, Perry Sanders, tells the Weekly he has several issues with Kading's book, including what he calls a "fatal flaw."

Sanders says that Smalls was not supposed to attend the Vibe Magazine party at the Petersen Automotive Museum -- an after-party for the previous evening's Soul Train awards -- the night he was gunned down.

In his book, Kading elicits the confession of Knight's baby momma (under the alias "Theresa Swann" for her own protection). She claims that Knight, while in prison, funneled her $13,000 to pay a gangster named "Poochie" to shoot Smalls outside the Peterson Automotive Museum.

But Sanders argues that the portion of Swann's confession in which she alleges Knight was planning the hit at the museum in advance doesn't make sense. Knight couldn't have known ahead of time that Smalls would attend, the attorney says, and couldn't have orchestrated the killing without that knowledge.

"The Theresa Swann story," says Sanders, "which is the linchpin of [Kading's] case, as I see it, is that she goes to meet Knight and and he tells her he wants her to do this deal. She says further that she meets with him on multiple occasions over days. Under the circumstances of knowing for a fact that no one knew [Smalls] was going to the party, how could Knight days in advance have gotten [Swann] to set up a hit by Poochie at a party he wasn't supposed to attend?"

Sanders says the contradiction is "a silver bullet" in that theory, and that the book is internally inconsistent because [Kading] starts out by saying that it's a fluke that [Smalls] even went to the event.

However, Kading doesn't think Knight would have necessarily been wise to Smalls' itinerary.

The East Coast rapper had been in L.A. for a couple weeks, and was scheduled to make a highly publicized appearance at the Soul Train awards the night before the Vibe party.

Though Kading admits (and writes in Murder Rap) that Smalls was initially planning a trip to Europe -- then had to cancel at the last minute, due to inadequate security -- Kading says those details in his schedule were likely "something [Knight] wouldn't have been privy to."

It would haven taken "no stretch of the imagination to assume safely that Biggie would be at the party," says Kading. 

Aside from the Swann testimony, though, Sanders doesn't feel Kading was able to fully discredit the popular theory that dirty LAPD cops were involved in Smalls' death.

"I hope to meet with Greg sometime soon," says Sanders, "and discuss the fact that he did not refute the [cops' involvement] in a meaningful way in his book. It's a page-turner and a fun read, and while the facts I'm sure are accurate, it's a total gloss-over of police involvement."

Kading maintains he's "100 percent sure there was no cop involvement," and says he has plenty of evidence to prove as much, aside from the chapter he devotes to debunking the popular theory in Murder Rap.

Ultimately, Sanders thanks Kading for his hard work putting the book together, saying it could "quite possibly" prove helpful in further litigation against the City of Los Angeles.

With reporting by Simone Wilson.

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