Man guilty of mur­der­ing wife

Los Angeles Times - - The Nation -

A man has been con­victed of murder in his wife’s death af­ter a jury re­jected de­fense claims that his state­ments to po­lice were made un­der high stress fu­eled by large amounts of caf­feine and a lack of sleep.

The New­port jury de­lib­er­ated about 11⁄2 hours Fri­day be­fore con­vict­ing Woody Will Smith in the May 2009 stran­gu­la­tion of Amanda Hornsby-Smith. The Ken­tucky En­quirer re­ported that the jury rec­om­mended a life sen­tence. A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing is sched­uled for Oct. 20.

De­fense at­tor­ney Shan­non Sex­ton had told ju­rors that Smith did not kill his wife, but that ex­ces­sive caf­feine from so­das, en­ergy drinks and diet pills left him so sleep-de­prived and men­tally un­sta­ble that he had falsely con­fessed to po­lice.

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