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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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91.

ugh    

Congratulations, Howard, you got away with murdering both Anna and Daniel. You're O.J. of the 21st century.

2318 days ago
92.

Cool    

Virgie had the guts to say it like it is/was rather than be an enabler and pretend Anna's problem didn't exist. Most addicts would rather be around an enabler than someone who is trying to take away their vice. Virgie did help Anna into the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, CA. I don't recall any rehab facilities that HKS as her lawyer, business partner, good friend, confidant and supposed lover helped her get into. Lastly, please tell me what HKS did to get off of drugs as mentioned in my ORIGINAL post to you. I'll await your reply.

Posted at 3:07PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Ms. Kitty

OH PLEASE! HKS did save ANS's life many times. They just didn't feel the need to PUBLISH it for pats on the back as Virgie and her crew harps!! Wasn't that almost 2 decades ago?

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93.

Now Hiring    

88. I never beleived that he was murdered. But I do beleive that his mothers death was no accident. I feel bad for these two and really hope that they are at peace.

Posted at 3:09PM on Mar 20th 2008 by kerry

__________________________IMPOSTER ALERT_______________Kerry is on a cruise!_______________

2318 days ago
94.

Cool    

92. It was reported somewhere that the person "butterfly" helped
Howard, Kista Barth & Bonnie dig up information on Virgie Arthur in
order to trash her. So I think they are asking that she be added to
the lawsuit for trashing Virgie.

Posted at 3:10PM on Mar 20th 2008 by Jesse

Another one that doesn't know how to read court docs. Is there a
class someone can take...somewhere. These people need HELP!

2318 days ago
95.

Just Facts    

These people live in LaLa Land...

I would stay away because they are dangerous...incompentent, and self-serving...

Wow, there is not any justice for anyone anymore, even those with money...

It's a new world.

2318 days ago
96.

Howard Supporter    

Daniel Smith Inquest: Murder Ruled Out!

March 20th, 2008
By Bald Truth Staff, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved

In a legal victory for Anna Nicole Smith’s beleagured lawyer and longtime companion, Howard K. Stern, the Bahamian magistrate says he will instruct inquest jurors that homicide has been ruled out as an option as a cause of death in Daniel Smith.

We’re told Magistrate William Campbell today hashed out four possible options jurors can choose from in determining cause of death in the 20 year old son of the late Playboy model and reality TV star, who died of a drug overdose in September, 2006:

–accident, “misadventure non-dependent drug use and an “open verdict,” which means they cannot agree how he died.

Jurors will return March 31, courtroom sources tell The Bald Truth, to hear the judge’s instructions, then take two hours to return their verdict, or “finding,” as it’s called.

For Stern, who testified Wednesday he never gave Daniel any drugs and had no idea he had a drug problem, sources say the judge’s ruling was not unexpected, and certainly dove-tailed with testimony and forensic findings.

For several months, Stern sat quietly in the courtroom, hearing toxicologists, forensic pathologists, investigators detail the high concentrations of Methadone mixed with two anti-depressants they believe killed him, and a handful of witnesses with an axe to grind who tried to imply Stern had something to do with it.

While police had ruled out homicide as a possiblity in their initial probe, the magistrate laid those smears and innuendos to rest Thursday, with Anna Nicole Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur, and her legal team among those in court who have been raising suspicions directed at Stern.

One forensic pathologist, Robert Middleberg, who analyzed tissue samples sent by the Royal Bahamas police, told me he’d never seen anyone deliberately poisoned with Methadone, one of the theories advanced, and that a handful of pills crushed up would not only not dissolve completely, but be so bitter as to be noticable if mixed in a drink.

In fact, no one, including Virgie Arthur’s lawyer, Milton Evans, suggested that homicide was an option.

As for the option to find misadventure as a cause, TMZ reported that under Bahamian law it’s defined as “a hazardous course of action which ended fatally.” An open verdict means the jury can’t decide the specific cause of death.

One veteran attorney told me he hoped the exhaustive process would show a legal system that was fair and thorough, and police who turned over every rock in investigating the young man’s death.

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97.

these people are a joke    

82. http://annanicoleandhowardkstern.com/

You can read the true version or you can wait for spin master snazzy Art's version,where crucial facts are left out.

Posted at 3:03PM on Mar 20th 2008 by TMZ and their sources are retards

You trust that crap that QV wrote, a few sentences? And why is she starting trouble now about Wayne Munroe? Is that any of her business where he was? That's starting trouble for no reason. I think not. You people are the retards, period!

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98.

these people are a joke    

94. 88. I never beleived that he was murdered. But I do beleive that his mothers death was no accident. I feel bad for these two and really hope that they are at peace.

Posted at 3:09PM on Mar 20th 2008 by kerry

__________________________IMPOSTER ALERT_______________Kerry is on a cruise!_______________

Posted at 3:12PM on Mar 20th 2008 by TMZ and their sources are retards

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99.

Is this a mushroom trip?    

Go to Google NewsBahamas judge postpones deliberations in death of Anna Nicole's son
4 hours ago

NASSAU, Bahamas — A judge on Thursday postponed deliberations of a Bahamas jury charged with deciding what killed the son of former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith.

Magistrate William Campbell said the jury will reconvene March 31. "The evidence appears to be simple, but it requires more time for review," he said.

The seven-member jury will formally determine what killed Daniel Smith and has the power to recommend criminal charges if it finds evidence of wrongdoing.

The 20-year-old died September 2006 shortly after he arrived in the Bahamas to meet his baby sister, Dannielynn, who was born in a Nassau hospital.

Police have said there is no evidence of homicide and an autopsy found that Daniel likely died from a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.

The inquest began in November but was delayed when the court tried to obtain testimony from witnesses in the U.S.

During the final days of testimony this week, two of Anna Nicole's former boyfriends gave conflicting accounts.

Larry Birkhead testified that Daniel was a troubled young man who struggled with drugs and alcohol. Howard K. Stern said he was surprised at the autopsy report and said he had never seen Daniel using drugs.

Anna Nicole Smith died from an accidental overdose in Florida in February 2007, several months after her son's death.
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It's not over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2318 days ago
100.

Contemplate    

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101.

Mrs. Marple    

Munroe did not show up when Howard took the stand yesterday. I think he was afraid he would go to prison expecting Howard to perjured himself...

What a wimp! What a couple of wimps!

2318 days ago
102.

Now Hiring    

NASSAU, Bahamas — A judge on Thursday postponed deliberations of a Bahamas jury charged with deciding what killed the son of former Playboy playmate Anna Nicole Smith.

Magistrate William Campbell said the jury will reconvene March 31. "The evidence appears to be simple, but it requires more time for review," he said.

The seven-member jury will formally determine what killed Daniel Smith and has the power to recommend criminal charges if it finds evidence of wrongdoing.

The 20-year-old died September 2006 shortly after he arrived in the Bahamas to meet his baby sister, Dannielynn, who was born in a Nassau hospital.

Police have said there is no evidence of homicide and an autopsy found that Daniel likely died from a combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants.

The inquest began in November but was delayed when the court tried to obtain testimony from witnesses in the U.S.

During the final days of testimony this week, two of Anna Nicole's former boyfriends gave conflicting accounts.

Larry Birkhead testified that Daniel was a troubled young man who struggled with drugs and alcohol. Howard K. Stern said he was surprised at the autopsy report and said he had never seen Daniel using drugs.

Anna Nicole Smith died from an accidental overdose in Florida in February 2007, several months after her son's death.

2318 days ago
103.

Star    

Why would Howard murder them??? He has no money now and no where to live really HE wouldnt do it he loved all of them. People are just trying to find a reason so blame the closest person to her. Sad how judgemental people can be without even any facts to back up their claims!!!!

2318 days ago
104.

Star    

OH HAPPY DAY.... YOU PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACE!!!!! I love ya!

2318 days ago
105.

Now Hiring    

osted at 3:12PM on Mar 20th 2008 by TMZ and their sources are retards

Posted at 3:17PM on Mar 20th 2008 by AND HOW ARE YOU DOING, WHACK?

How do you know Whack did not go with her???

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