Jury still mulling over verdict in Smith trial

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2002

The jury entered into its second week of deliberations in Anchorage Tuesday in the murder trial of Billy D. Smith.

Smith is accused of murdering Harold Enzler, 39, of Nikiski, and Nancy Bellamy, 42, of Homer, March 27, 1994, dismembering their bodies and dumping them in Cook Inlet. Their bodies were never found.

Smith also is charged with dismantling the truck in which the couple was shot to death and dumping the truck parts in various locations around the Kenai Peninsula.

Since the jury of six men and six women began deliberating a verdict Oct. 22, they have returned to the courtroom twice -- once to re-listen to tapes of Smith's confession to the crimes and once to hear a replay of Michelle "Mimi" Enzler's taped testimony in the trial.

Mimi Enzler and Harold Enzler were in divorce proceedings at the time of the murders, and Mimi Enzler was dating Smith. Harold Enzler had been living with Bellamy in her Homer home.

The Enzlers also were involved in a custody battle over their then 3-year-old son, Francis.

In his confession, Smith admitted to shooting the couple to death on an emergency access road near Nikiski and said he committed the murders because of the child custody battle. He told investigators he committed the crimes out of love for Mimi Enzler.

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

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

The trial was moved to Anchorage in October after a mistrial was declared by Judge Jonathan Link in Kenai Sept. 27.



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