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.
Stern's attorney, Steve Sadow, asked, "You did not see anyone inject anything into Anna Nicole?" "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.
Sadow then read from the affidavit filed as part of a 2007 lawsuit by Smith's mother in which Smith is referred to as Mrs. Marshall, her legal name.
"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.