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Inquest Underway -- What Killed Daniel?

3/27/2007 11:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Daniel SmithThe inquest into the death of Anna Nicole Smith's son has officially just begun.

Howard K. Stern's attorney challenged the use of a jury to hear the case. The jury can recommend criminal prosecution if they believe Daniel's death was a homicide.

We're told hospital employees will be among the first witnesses, however, Larry Birkhead is scheduled to testify today or tomorrow. TMZ knows that Birkhead was aware of Daniel's drug use while he lived in Los Angeles. Birkhead will also testify that Stern and Anna Nicole knew that Daniel had a drug problem.

Daniel died as a result of a methadone cocktail just days after his mom gave birth to Dannielynn. The key to the inquest is exactly how Daniel got hold of the drugs that killed him.

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GINA    

I dont know why people have to have someone to blame, namely HKS. People make thier own choices and will take drugs if they want to and no one will stop them...I know

2705 days ago
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Jacs    

LOOK THIS ENTIRE THING IS GOING TO BE ONE BIG COVER UP. HOWARD COVERED HIS TRACKS WITH ANNA AND OF COURSE HE'S GOING TO DO THE SAME WITH DANIEL. THERE WAS ONLY THE THREE OF THEM IN THE ROOM YOU KNOW ANNA DIDN'T KILL HER ON SON. BOTTOM LINE THE MAN IS A PUNK AND GOLD DIGGER.

2705 days ago
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TIA    

HKS attorneys challenge the use of a jury to hear the case ???
Why does he keep "challenging" things if he has NOTHING to hide ????

2705 days ago
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m    

We all can save everyone's time and $$ because we all know HK$ did it!!!

2705 days ago
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Dave    

At least 4 weeks till we find out anything. Thats what MSNBC says.

2705 days ago
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Poppa Nut    

It was Howard the Coward. Daniel was in the Bahamas for only five hours and spent the entire time with the Coward. All they have to do is nail him during the inquest. He will hang himself.

2705 days ago
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my own damn opinion    

Annas death

Who's behind the death?
7.69% E. Pierce Marshall, Anna's deceased husband's son
71.48% Howard K. Stern, Anna's lawyer
3.02% Bobby Trendy, Anna's ay interior designer
4.33% Larry Birkhead, Photographer & baby's father
13.49% TrimSpa, Inc., Employer & in a lawsuit w/ Anna

2705 days ago
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Attractive?    

Alrighty now. Maybe now the OUTLAW STERN will be brought to justice. Maybe the Bahamas can do what Dr. Gumby, The Chief and Co. could not do.

2705 days ago
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lulusez    

Lets hope they have a little more balls than the folks in Miami. Howard is a double murderer, how much time does he have left to kill the baby?

2705 days ago
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Ignore HKS Paid Bloggers    

HOWARD WAS DANIEL # ONE TARGET! OR 400.000.000 reasons.

2705 days ago
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h    

Funny how at the very LAST MINUTE HKS attorney "suddenly" realizes that he wants to change the way the jury is selected...NOW? It's been on the books for months and even delayed by a day... and NOW he wants to try and delay or alter this proceeding????

Hmmmm... Now just WHO would that benefit???

Lets see, more DELAYS.... the longer they wait, the longer he can hold on to the baby, and on and on and on and on...................... Think we get the idea here!!!!

2705 days ago
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Tucker    

Is HKS and OJ related?

2705 days ago
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cleveland1    

who in the hell is HKS to challenge whether a jury should hear this inquest. he was not DANNY's father. Hell he aint even DANNIELYNN'S father. This SOB is really getting on my nerves!!! He has something to hide and they are going to find out soon enough that he has done something to these 2 people. Believe that!!!

2705 days ago
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Puh-lease    

TO: COMMENT #2: I AGREE WITH YOU. B-U-T, they have been all over this (just not publicized) since Daniel's death. The truth will prevail.

2705 days ago
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Cindylou    

PLEASE ... NOT ANOTHER WHITEWASH LIKE WHAT JUST HAPPENED IN FLORIDA WHERE SO MANY INCONSISTENCIES AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS REMAIN. JAIL THE CARE-TAKERS WHO CLAIMED TO BE CAREGIVERS. FREE DANNIELYNN TO HER RIGHTFUL FATHER BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!

2705 days ago
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