Man guilty of murdering wife
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.