*A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling to forcibly medicate the incarcerated ex-boyfriend of rapper Lil’ Kim so he can competently stand trial for the murders of six people.
Damion Hardy, who suffers from schizophrenia, was arrested in 2004 on suspicion of leading a violent drug gang which was allegedly responsible for a series of slayings in Brooklyn.
Earlier this year, a Brooklyn judge gave permission for authorities to administer anti-psychotic drugs to Hardy so his case could proceed to trial.
His lawyer appealed the decision, but a three-judge panel dismissed the challenge in court this week, and agreed medication was necessary because Hardy had also been attacking guards and inmates, according to the New York Daily News.
The 39-year-old, who previously shared a home with Lil’ Kim in New Jersey, faces the death penalty if convicted of the murder charges.
*Damion Hardy, whose claim to fame is being Lil Kim’s incarcerated ex-boyfriend, has made headlines because he allegedly attacked passing prison guards and has been transferred to a secure new cell.
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Hardy, who used to share a New Jersey home with Lil’ Kim, was arrested in 2004 on suspicion of leading a violent drug gang and he’s due to stand trial for his involvement in the murders of six people in New York. He faces the death penalty if convicted of the killings.
He’s been causing trouble behind bars and is accused of reaching through the food slots in his cell door to stab and cut security personnel with shanks, according to the New York Post.
Prison officials had to move him to a special cell last week, preventing him from trying to pull the same stunt again. Prosecutor James Loonam notified a Brooklyn federal judge of the punishment on Friday and revealed that Hardy had even been known to hurl his feces at guards through the food slot.
Hardy reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and has a history of violence with prison employees, according to the Post. In 2006, he allegedly stabbed a fellow inmate in the head with a comb and smacked a guard with a sock full of batteries.