Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Tick Tock...

This just gets weirder and weirder every hour, ya'll. Ya know, even though we love to rag on Anna Nicole, she is still a human being who loved her son. Anna Nicole lived a very hard life before she married J. Howard Marshall. I think I may have told ya'll that I live pretty close to her hometown, Mexia, Texas. If any of you have been to Mexia, you'll know what I'm talking about. There are only like three traffic lights in town, and pretty much everyone there lives below the poverty level. It's just sad. From what I can remember since I was last through there about 3 years ago, they also had an ancient, nasty Dollar Store (or Family Dollar...I don't remember), a couple of gas stations with no-name gas, and I don't remember seeing the chicken place, but I may have and just forgot about it. There is no industry to speak of and jobs are scarce to non-existent.

But...here is the latest news:

NASSAU, Bahamas - The death of Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son was termed “suspicious” by the coroner’s office Wednesday, and a formal inquiry that could lead to criminal charges has been scheduled.

Authorities said at least one other person was in the hospital room when Daniel Wayne Smith died Sunday while visiting his mother, a reality TV star and former Playboy playmate, three days after she gave birth to a baby girl.

The person was not a member of the hospital staff, Reginald Ferguson, assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force, told The Associated Press. He refused to reveal the person’s identity, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation.

Her Majesty’s Coroner Linda P. Virgill scheduled the inquest for the week of Oct. 23, saying it “is the right course of action.” If jurors at the inquest decide a crime took place, the case would be sent to the attorney general’s office, authorities said.

“Whenever there is a suspicious death we would have an inquest to determine how the person died,” Bradley Neely, chief inspector of the coroner’s office, told AP Television News.

The inquest would be open to the public, Virgill said.

She said authorities believe they know what killed Smith, but were awaiting a toxicology report to confirm the findings. She declined to disclose details but said there was no sign of physical injury to Smith.

“I can confirm that there was definitely a third person in the room at the time of death and I do know who that person is,” Virgill said. “But I am unwilling to reveal that information at this time for various reasons.”

Police were reconstructing Smith’s steps since his arrival Saturday in the Bahamas, said Reginald Ferguson, the assistant commissioner of the Royal Bahamian Police Force.

Ferguson told the AP that no drug paraphernalia or traces of illegal drugs were found on Daniel Smith, in the hospital room or near the room.

Police believe Smith went directly to Doctors Hospital in Nassau, where his mother was, after flying in to the Bahamas, Ferguson said.

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