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Smith trial starts in Anchorage today

Posted: Monday, October 07, 2002

A jury has been selected, and the new trial of accused murderer Billy D. Smith begins today in Anchorage.

The trial, which was moved after a mistrial was declared in Kenai, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 302 of the Anchorage Superior Court, 825 Fourth Ave. Judge Jonathan Link will preside.

Smith is on trial for the 1994 murders of Harold Enzler, 36, of Nikiski, and Nancy Bellamy, 42, of Homer. Their bodies were never found.

Smith also is charged with three counts of tampering with physical evidence, namely their bodies, which were allegedly dismembered and dumped in Cook Inlet, and the truck in which the two were shot. The truck was reportedly dismantled and dumped in various locations around the Kenai Peninsula.

The trial, which is expected to last between three and four weeks, had been under way for about two weeks in Kenai when the mistrial was declared Sept. 27.



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