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Shocking showbiz crimes

Updated 1:30 PM ET, Wed March 1, 2017
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The death of rapper Christopher Wallace, known professionally as the Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls, has never been solved. Wallace was killed in March 1997 in Los Angeles when someone opened fire on his vehicle. David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images
Actor Michael Jace, right, was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of his wife, April. Jace appeared in several movies and was a regular on the hit FX show "The Shield." Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
In 1958, a then-14-year-old Cheryl Crane, daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabbed her mother's boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato. Crane told police that Stompanato, who had ties to organized crime, had threatened her mother with a knife. Here, Crane is shown with three unidentified men at the time of her trial, which resulted in a ruling of justifiable homicide. Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Vladimir "Spider" Sabich was an alpine ski racer who died in March 1976 after being shot by his girlfriend, singer and actress Claudine Longet. Longet was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to 30 days in jail. She married her defense attorney, Ron Austin, in 1986. AFP/Getty Images
John Lennon -- seen here in 1969 with his wife, Yoko Ono -- was shot and killed in December 1980 outside of his apartment building in New York by Mark David Chapman. Chapman remains jailed. Express/Getty Images
Probably one of the most famous cases ever involving a celebrity, O.J. Simpson, center, was arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. Here he confers with attorneys Johnnie Cochran, left, and Robert Shapiro during a hearing in 1995. Simpson's friend Robert Kardashian stands behind him. Simpson, a former pro football player, was acquitted in the criminal case. POOL/AFP/Getty Images
The murder of rapper Tupac Shakur remains unsolved. Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas in September 1996. Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
The marriage of "Saturday Night Live" star Phil Hartman and wife Brynn ended tragically in 1998 after she shot him to death in their bed and then took her own life. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Sean Combs, then known as "Puffy," is flanked by security and court guards as he leaves the first day of his trial in January 2001 in New York. The rapper/producer was charged in connection with a 1999 shooting in a New York nightclub. He was found not guilty of all charges. Robert Mecea/Newsmakers/Getty Images
Actor Robert Blake is found not guilty of murdering his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, in 2005 in Van Nuys, California. Bakley was shot in the head while sitting in the couple's vehicle. Nick Ut/Pool/Getty Images
Music impresario Phil Spector, left, was sentenced to 19 years to life in 2009 for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. Jae C. Hong/Pool/Getty Images
William Balfour was arrested in December 2008 and charged in the murders of the mother, brother and nephew of Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson. He was found guilty in 2012 and received three life sentences. Cook County Sheriff's Department/Getty Images
Tim Lambesis, lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying, was charged in May 2013 with trying to hire an undercover cop to have his wife killed. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2014 to six years in prison. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images