Jury asks for tapes in trial

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE -- After spending the morning deliberating a verdict in the murder trial of Billy D. Smith, the jury asked Tuesday to once again listen to tapes of police interviews of Smith when he confessed to the 1994 double murder.

Smith is accused of murdering Harold Enzler, 39, of Nikiski, and Nancy Bellamy, 42, of Homer, dismembering their bodies and dumping them in Cook Inlet. Their bodies were never found.

The jury is scheduled to listen to two additional taped interviews this morning in Anchorage and will resume deliberations. Closing arguments were heard Monday in the trial, which had been moved to Anchorage after a mistrial was declared in Kenai.

The jury is trying to decide whether Smith is guilty as charged by the state, or if his confession is false, as the defense contends.

Tapes of the confession, the strongest piece of evidence in the state's case, had been played during the trial last week and the jury asked that they be replayed Tuesday.

In his confession, Smith admitted to shooting the couple to death on an emergency access road near Nikiski and dumping their dismembered bodies in the inlet. He also said the truck in which they were killed was cut up and dumped in various locations around the Kenai Peninsula.

Smith said he committed the murders because Enzler was battling with his estranged wife, Michelle ''Mimi'' Enzler, over custody of their 3-year-old son, Francis.

At the time of the murders, Smith was dating Mimi Enzler, and Harold Enzler had been living with Bellamy in Homer.

Smith told investigators he committed the crimes out of love for Mimi Enzler.

The defense argued that Smith's confession was false and was obtained while Smith was in jail on unrelated charges and was going through withdrawal from a heroin addiction.

The defense had said Smith was led to believe that in cooperating with police investigators, he would be able to get out of jail to get a heroin fix.



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