Key Witness in Seabrook Corruption Trial Says She Suffers From Dementia

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One of the government's key witnesses in the federal corruption trial of Councilman Larry Seabrook admitted under cross examination Tuesday that she has been under the care of a physician for the early stages of dementia.

The witness, 71-year-old Gloria Jones-Grant, was Seabrook's former girlfriend and executive director of the three non-profits Seabrook allegedly used to pocket more than a $1 million in earmarked City Council discretionary funds. 

Jones-Grant was granted federal immunity from prosecution from the government in exchange for her testimony, which has been halting and contradictory.

Seabrook's lead attorney Ed Wilford asked Jones-Grant if she had advised the government of her diagnosis during her meeting with federal investigators in the fall. She said she had not.

Throughout the morning Jones-Grant testified that cash she had passed on to Seabrook from consultant contracts he had helped her get were not nefarious but installments on an $18,000 personal loan from Seabrook.

Under re-direct by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Wible Jones-Grant said she had spoken with Seabrook three weeks ago.