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Prosecution Rests in Smith Case; Coroner Testifies, No Evidence of Violence

July 20, 1995

UNION, S.C. (AP) _ Prosecutors rested their case against Susan Smith today after the forensic pathologist who performed autopsies on the two drowned boys testified she found no marks of violence on them.

Solicitor Tommy Pope announced that the state’s case was finished less than an hour into the morning session. Defense lawyer David Bruck asked for more time to prepare defense testimony.

``It would appear to me that we’re going to have to present a good bit of the state’s case,″ Bruck said.

Two law enforcement witnesses called by prosecutors during hearings outside of the jury’s presence had described Ms. Smith as very remorseful when she confessed on Nov. 3 to drowning her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex. Prosecutors did not put those witnesses on the stand in front of the jury this week.

Bruck has declined to specify who his witnesses will be.

Dr. Sandra Conradi of the Medical University of South Carolina, who performed autopsies on the boys on Nov. 4, confirmed both had drowned while still strapped in their safety seats.

Bruck interrupted Conradi’s testimony with an objection, saying further details from the autopsy report would be ``extremely graphic″ and irrelevant.

Pope said he did not plan to illicit a description of the bodies’ condition, but only wanted to show the pathologist found ``no strangulation marks″ or other injuries.

Circuit Judge William Howard allowed limited questioning of Conradi, who said she found no other injuries on the children’s bodies.

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