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No Homicide in Death of Anna Nicole's Son

3/20/2008 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Big news in the Daniel Smith inquest -- the magistrate in the case will not be giving the jury the option to rule his death a homicide.

In a Bahamian court today, the parties discussed four possible options as the cause of death -- accident, "misadventure," non-dependent drug use and an "open verdict."

We're told the magistrate will instruct the jury on those options on March 31.

No one, including Virgie Arthur's lawyer, suggested that homicide was an option.

As for the options, "misadventure" is defined as "a hazardous course of action which ended fatally." An open verdict means the jury can't decide the specific cause of death.

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Howard Supporter    

Open verdict simply means the jury could not make a determination and the inquest is officially closed.

Amazing how the last, desperate of the Howard Haters cannot simply let go and just continue to drum themselves up into frenzies of idiotic theories and speculation. Good Lord! They will keep it up until March 31 and beyond.

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SuxtobeRita    

Andbody who thinks that Howard would ever even hurt Daniel is truly stupid as **it!
People like you should not be allowed to reproduce!.Your offspring should not be
allowed to infect the rest of the planet!

2347 days ago
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Tracy    

Well I for one am very pleased with this. Howard never did anything to Daniel. He loved him like a brother-son and Daniel loved him back. I hope that Howard can have some peace as this inquest had to be very hard on him. He lost 2 people that he loved the most in this world. I try to feel sorry for Virgie but her behavior in this whole saga has been shameful and disgusting. But I wish she just would except that Anna and Daniel should be allowed to be at peace and that she is never going to get custody or control of anything that involves DL. She has spent many years calling her daughter a drunk and addict, and when her daughter does overdose she then says it was murder. Virgie move on this is not healthy for you to continue this BS.

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Random Thots    

15. THANK YOU BAHAMAS for seeking the truth in the twisted tragic death. I hope we all have learned the lessons of abusing prescription drugs and the toll celebrity life in the media takes on celebrities and their children.

We are ALL HUMAN

Rest in Peace Anna Nicole and Daniel.

Posted at 1:02PM on Mar 20th 2008 by butterfly

From your lips to God's ears. They may NEVER rest in Peace ..... wishful thinking on your part. It is OFFICIALLY the first day of Spring...the butterflys are a twitter.....

2347 days ago
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Let it Be    

The above photo , (likeness) of Anna; looks a if it could be .....wax??

Incidentially; was 'Maya' the name of Daniel's former girlfriend? - Again; her personal insight could prove to be quite revealing.

2347 days ago
21.

Rico    

poor little Daniel....he was upset because mommy didn't want to sleep with him anymore.

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22.

Is this a mushroom trip?    

16. Open verdict simply means the jury could not make a determination and the inquest is officially closed.

Amazing how the last, desperate of the Howard Haters cannot simply let go and just continue to drum themselves up into frenzies of idiotic theories and speculation. Good Lord! They will keep it up until March 31 and beyond.

Posted at 1:04PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Facts, please

As for the options, "misadventure" is defined as "a hazardous course of action which ended fatally." An open verdict means the jury can't decide the specific cause of death.

Open verdict means they can't decide, then the Magistrate will decide! Get your facts right!

2347 days ago
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Is this a mushroom trip?    

21. Andbody who thinks that Howard would ever even hurt Daniel is truly stupid as **it!
People like you should not be allowed to reproduce!.Your offspring should not be
allowed to infect the rest of the planet!

Posted at 1:12PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Proud of Howard


Why don't you go write that letter to Scott Peterson! I'm sure he is waiting for your letter! Howard filmed Anna 8 months preg. stoned out of her mind and laughing at her! Is that what you call love???

2347 days ago
24.

angel46    

No one killed them. They killed themselves. Life choices can and will kill you. There is no mystery.

2347 days ago
25.

tickles    

I know this makes me a minority but I don't think Howard Stern is that bad a guy. He stayed with Anna through all of her nonsense trying to take care of her. He was the closest thing Daniel had to a father. People think he was so terrible for saying he was Danilynne's father and keeping Virgie Aurther away from the baby. Guess what? He was only trying to do what Anna wanted. Anna was quite adamant about not wanting Larry Brikhead in the baby's life...in fact she moved to the Bahamas to insure that from not happening. And we all know she hated her mother. Larry Birkhead was only trying to do what Anna asked him to do. Give the guy a break.
I was not a big Anna Nicole fan...never watched her show...pretty much thought she was a joke. But one thing I did get from hearing her talk and seeing the pictures of her and Daniel is that she LOVED her son. I hope the are both at peace now.

2347 days ago
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Howard Supporter    

"If the jury at the inquest fail to agree on the cause of death, the Coronor can either accept the majority decision of the jury or if the decision is tied, discharge the jury and hold a new inquest."

2347 days ago
27.

Lisa    

THIS IS A TRAVESTY!
Howard K. Stern *just happens* to be the last person seen by each of the dead... Daniel and Anna... HE NEEDS TO HANG!
BAHAMAS!!!! Do not let this happen on your watch! Take Howard to the place where he belongs!

Daniel did NOT deserve this. He was such a gentle soul....

2347 days ago
28.

the seer    

TMZ LIES!! Homicide IS still being considered. Who is your source Harvey? The liar? The one you are in bed with?

2347 days ago
29.

Rump    

6. Has Daniel's former girlfriend been interviewed? - She, quite possibly, could lend a great deal of insight into the matter.

Posted at 12:55PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Let it Be
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Good point. Has anyone thought of this? Will this poor kid EVER get any justice? You cannot believe that he went to the Bahamas to see his new sister and commit suicide. Preposterous.

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kim suck    

Rest in Peace Anna Nicole and Daniel.

Posted at 1:02PM on Mar 20th 2008 by butterfly

ROT IN HELL--YOU FREAKS!!!!!!!!

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