Smith sentencing postponed

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2003

Sentencing of convicted murderer Billy D. Smith was postponed Friday until Sept. 15 by Superior Court Judge Elaine Andrews.

The judge also denied a request by Smith for a new attorney.

Smith was convicted by a jury in Anchorage on Feb. 11 of the fatal shooting of Harold Enzler and Nancy Bellamy in Nikiski in 1994.

Their bodies were never found.

In an earlier trial, Smith was convicted of three counts of tampering with physical evidence, namely the bodies of Enzler and Bellamy and the truck in which they were killed.

Smith had been charged with dismembering the bodies and dumping them in Cook Inlet and with dismantling the truck, hiding parts in various locations around the Kenai Peninsula.

A status hearing was conducted telephonically Friday to determine whether to allow Smith's request for a new attorney prior to sentencing, but the judge ruled Smith would continue to be represented by Anchorage attorney Robert Herz.

The September sentencing hearing will be conducted in Kenai, according to the Kenai district attorney's office.

Smith could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison on each of the murder convictions and up to five years for each of the evidence tampering felony convictions.

He is being held in the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility in Anchorage pending sentencing.

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