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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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Cool    

26. "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."

Posted at 1:21PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Facts, please

What role does the Attorney General play in this or is that just connected to the Coroner's decision?

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32.

kim suck    

STERN IS GUILTY~!!!!!

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33.

kim suck    

IF MY MOM WAS A WHORE LIKE HER I'D KILL MYSELF! YES! AND TAKE PAIN PILLS !!

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34.

Cool    

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.


Posted at 1:28PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Poor Daniel

Where does it say suicide? Still twisting the facts, even when written quite clearly.

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35.

Cool    

http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/03/59790/index.html

Daniel Smith Inquest: Death Was Not Homicide

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37.

South Tallahassee    

To Rico....#4 comment----I know where you are coming from about those nasty holes on someone's butt. From my experience as a Student going to school to be a Doctor....... most of those I have seen were from people who used lots and lots of illegal needles. They cause awful, horrible infections and can manifest any plae on the body....not just where the injetion took place!!!!!!

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Is this a mushroom trip?    

The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith
Daniel Smith Inquest. Verdict Due March 31st
March 20th, 2008 by QV
Anna Nicole Smith, Daniel Smith, Daniel Smith Inquest, Howard K Stern, Larry Birkhead, Virgie Arthur
The summations are concluded in the inquest into the death of Daniel Smith. Suicide as cause of death was pretty much taken off the table by Bahamian Magistrate Campbell. That of course leaves the jury to deliberate “accidental death” and “intentional death” as in foul play. A decision of foul play would signal that more investigation is needed. The jury has until March 31st to deliberate and come back with a verdict.
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Get your story right TMZ !!!!!!

2385 days ago
39.

Carolyn A-B    

Howard K. Stern can come out of hiding now.

After all, removing methadone pills from the dead man's clothing and then flushing them isn't probable cause ,in this jurisdiction ,to believe he had advanced knowledge of the illegal possession.

Who knows? Stern might actually practice law or something.

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Just the truth please!    

The jurors in the inquest of ANNA NICOLE SMITH's son, DANIEL, have determined that his death was not a homicide.

After Daniel was found dead at Nassau's Doctors Hospital on September 10, 2006, two autopsies showed a toxic mix of methadone and the anti-depressants Lexapro and Zoloft, but the Bahamas police forensics chief testified that the high level of methadone was enough to have killed Daniel and that he could have had it in his system when he landed the night before.

http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/03/59790/index.html

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Just the truth please!    

36. The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith
Daniel Smith Inquest. Verdict Due March 31st
March 20th, 2008 by QV
Anna Nicole Smith, Daniel Smith, Daniel Smith Inquest, Howard K Stern, Larry Birkhead, Virgie Arthur
The summations are concluded in the inquest into the death of Daniel Smith. Suicide as cause of death was pretty much taken off the table by Bahamian Magistrate Campbell. That of course leaves the jury to deliberate “accidental death” and “intentional death” as in foul play. A decision of foul play would signal that more investigation is needed. The jury has until March 31st to deliberate and come back with a verdict.
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Get your story right TMZ !!!!!!



Posted at 1:39PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Larryis

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NO THAT IS NOT TRUE, even Virgie's lawyers' said NO intentional anything

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42.

Jill    

Howard can't bribe AG Jerry Brown with a Rolex watch.

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Is this a mushroom trip?    

37. The jurors in the inquest of ANNA NICOLE SMITH's son, DANIEL, have determined that his death was not a homicide.

After Daniel was found dead at Nassau's Doctors Hospital on September 10, 2006, two autopsies showed a toxic mix of methadone and the anti-depressants Lexapro and Zoloft, but the Bahamas police forensics chief testified that the high level of methadone was enough to have killed Daniel and that he could have had it in his system when he landed the night before.

http://www.etonline.com/news/2008/03/59790/index.html

Posted at 1:41PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Virgie agrees no Homicide
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We all know that Howard has been in bed with ET and TMZ for some time now. That is why both are being sued by Virgie!

You can't believe anything out of ET or TMZ sites!!!!

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44.

Bai    

NO THAT IS NOT TRUE, even Virgie's lawyers' said NO intentional anything


Posted at 1:44PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Virgie agrees no Homicide

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Link please and I am not asking for any tabloids.

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Howard Supporter    

What role does the Attorney General play in this or is that just connected to the Coroner's decision?

Posted at 1:30PM on Mar 20th 2008 by butterfly

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Has to do with the coroner's decision and the jury verdict. In cases where homicide is NOT taken off the plate of option and the jury reaches an open verdict, he goes by majority rule or what we call preponderance of the evidence which is not unanimous or calls another inquest. There are many British cases like this where homicide was an option, but the jury simply was unable to produce enough evidence from the police investigation. That is not the case here as you know. In this case an open verdict would only be one of those options being given the jury and since it does not include homicide, it is doubtful another inquest would be called regarding the verdict IMO.

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