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Key witness in Detroit trial: I may have dementia

By By ED WHITE
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) - A businessman who claims he was extorted to protect his contracts at a Detroit convention center says he told FBI agents before trial that he may have dementia.

The disclosure by Karl Kado (KAY'-dough) occurred Tuesday during cross-examination by the attorney for former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Kado testified Monday that he gave thousands of dollars to Kilpatrick, starting in 2002, and $200,000 to $300,000 to Kilpatrick's father, Bernard. He says he paid cash to protect his contracts at Cobo Center.

The 72-year-old Kado says his memory is "much worse" than it was 11 years ago, but he was able to recall events on the witness stand.

The Kilpatricks and a third man are accused of extortion, bribery and other crimes.

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