LOS ANGELES (AP) - A key witness at the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial retracted previous statements and testified Friday that she never saw defendant Howard K. Stern or anyone else inject Smith with anything.
Quethlie Alexie, who worked as a nanny for the celebrity model in the Bahamas, acknowledged under tough cross-examination that she had signed a sworn affidavit saying she saw Stern inject Smith with a white substance.
She then retracted that claim and a number of other statements.
“No, I did not,” Alexie testified.
“And that is the truth?” Sadow asked.
“Yes, I never said I saw anyone,” the witness said, speaking through a Creole interpreter.
“Didn’t you say, ‘I personally observed a white substance being heated in a spoon by Mrs. Marshall in her bathroom. I then observed Mr. Stern tie a band on her arm and inject the substance into her arm,’” Sadow said.
Alexie has testified that she saw Stern, who was Smith’s lawyer-boyfriend, and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, another defendant, take Smith into a bathroom. When they left, she found a bloody syringe, cotton and burned spoon of liquid, Alexie said.
“I did speak about it, but they didn’t put it in,” the witness said.
He asked if she began making those statements when she learned she could sell her story for a lot of money. She denied doing that.