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Convicted Bride Still Wears Ring

December 3, 1997

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ Pamela Smart, the New Hampshire teacher convicted of seducing a student into killing her husband, testified Wednesday that she still wears a wedding band in honor of their marriage.

``I’m married,″ Ms. Smart said in her third and final day of testimony in her effort to press assault charges against two fellow inmates.

The wedding ring came up while she was under cross examination by Ted Brundage, the lawyer for one of the defendants. He said Ms. Smart, serving life without parole, mentioned her jewelry in connection with the prison attack. He asked her why she wasn’t wearing any jewelry on Wednesday.

``We’re not permitted to wear jewelry to court,″ Ms. Smart said.

``Do you wear a wedding ring?″ he asked.

``Yes.″

``Whose?″

``Mine,″ she said. ``Do you mean how did I get it? It’s not the real wedding ring from my husband.″

Brundage asked whom she was married to, if it wasn’t her husband’s ring.

``My husband,″ she said. ``We’re not allowed to have a wedding ring with stones. So I asked a friend to get me a plain wedding band.″

Ms. Smart, 30, told police that Mona Graves, 32, and Ghania Miller, 28, attacked her on Oct. 8, 1996, because she told prison officials about their affair. Ms. Smart’s nose and eye socket were broken and her hand and knee were injured.

In 1990, Ms. Smart was media services coordinator at a high school when her husband, Gregg Smart, was shot to death. A 15-year-old pupil who was her lover pleaded guilty to murder and testified that she helped plan the killing.

Ms. Smart was transferred in 1993 to Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County, partly because New Hampshire doesn’t have a maximum-security women’s prison.

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