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Daniel Smith Death Inquest Due to Resume

Daniel Smith Death Inquest Due to Resume
Anna Nicole and Daniel Smith
Lisa RoseJPI

03/29/2007 11:00AM

Another mystery surrounding the Anna Nicole Smith story moves closer to its solution.

A judge in the Bahamas said Thursday that he is about to resolve an undisclosed legal issue filed by Smith's estate that began Tuesday and has temporarily stalled the inquest into the cause of death of Daniel Smith, the former Playmate's 20-year-old son.

Daniel died in his mother's Nassau hospital room last Sept. 10, three days after the birth of Smith's daughter, Dannielynn.

Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez said he expected to rule in a closed-door session. "It's expected that the inquest will resume shortly after" the jurist decides on the motion, he told the Associated Press.

The unresolved issue has caused a delay in selecting a jury for the inquest into Daniel's death. Bahamian legal rules forbid anyone involved in closed-door legal proceedings to discuss or even disclose the nature of a legal motion under consideration.

Soon after the session began , Wayne Munroe, a lawyer for Smith's estate, asked the judge to consider a motion that "relates to the impaneling of a jury to act on this inquiry." Gomez then ordered spectators and media out of the courtroom.

Although Bahamian authorities concluded Daniel Smith died from a lethal combination of drugs, including methadone and antidepressants, they requested an inquest to determine the official cause – and whether the death was an accident, suicide or perhaps even a homicide.

On Monday, the Broward, Fla., medical examiner announced his conclusion that Anna Nicole's death on Feb. 8 was caused by an accidental overdose of several medications, including methadone for pain and Valium, which had been lethally mixed with the sleeping medication chloral hydrate.

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