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6/20/2005 9:10:04 AM

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On the eve of testifying about the murder of late rap artist Notorious B.I.G., a prime witness for the rapper's family has revealed that he suffers from severe memory lapses resulting from medication prescribed for a stress condition.


Kevin Hackie, an ex-FBI informant who was expected to provide eyewitness testimony tying corrupt police officers to alleged conspirators behind the 1997 slaying, spoke out Friday after learning that an arrest warrant had been issued to force him to testify in the family's wrongful-death lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.


The suit is set to go to trial Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court.


"I will be in court to testify, but it is a matter of record that I am stressed out and have been on medication for the past five years," Hackie said during an extensive interview conducted in the presence of his attorney, Joseph L. Pittera of Torrance.


"My memory is bad. I'm going to answer questions to the best of my knowledge, what I remember. But this whole thing has put me over the edge. I am so stressed. I probably won't even remember our conversation tomorrow."


Notorious B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was gunned down March 9, 1997, after a music industry party outside the Peterson Automotive Museum in the Mid-Wilshire district. The case has spawned several investigations, and a cottage industry of books, documentaries and magazine articles exploring possible conspiracy theories involving Wallace and Tupac Shakur, the other leading rap artist of his generation, who was shot to death in Las Vegas the year before. No one has been charged in either slaying.


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