IT TOOK ONLY 3 HOURS FOR A JURY TO CONVICT KRISTEN
SMITH ON FEDERAL KIDNAPPING CHARGES FOR THE FEBRUARY
DISAPPEARENCE OF KAYDEN POWELL.
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NEWS THREE'S DAVE DELOZIER GOT REACTION FROM THE BOY'S
PARENTS AND PROSECUTORS.
HE JOINS US LIVE OUTSIDE THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE.
MICHELLE - KRISTEN SMITH TOOK THE STAND IN HER OWN
DEFENSE IN THIS TRIAL TO TELL HER STORY TO THE JURY.
THAT CLEARLY DIDN'T WORK AND ACCORDING THE PROSECUTION
MAY HAVE INFACT HELPED TO CONVICT HER.
IN THE ARMS OF HIS FATHER - 6-MONTH OLD KAYDEN POWELL
ENTERED THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE TO HEAR THE VERDICT.
THAT VERDICT CAME SWIFTLY AS JURORS TOOK LESS THAN
THREE HOURS TO RETURN A GUILTY VERDICT AGAINST KRISTEN
WHEN THE VERDICT WAS READ SMITH LOOKED DOWN - CLOSED
HER EYES AND SHOOK HER HEAD.
SMITH HAD TAKEN THE STAND IN HER OWN DEFENSE IN THIS
CASE AND PROSECUTORS FEEL THAT WAS KEY.
she lied and she lied again and she lied again and
she lied again and that was the focul point of our
case that she is a liar and this is the just result
AFTERWARDS BRUCE POWELL - BRIANNA MARSHALL AND KAYDEN
LEFT THE COURTHOUSE.
LEAVING THE MEMORIES OF THE LAST SIX MONTHS BEHIND
WILL NOT BE AS EASY.
kind of like torture all over again cause you find
out new tjhings and what happened what you should
have looked at.
THROUGHOUT THE TRIAL THE FORENSIC EVIDENCE CONNECTED
KRISTEN SMITH TO THE CRIME.
BUT IT WAS THE EMOTIONAL TESTIMONY BY FAMILY MEMBERS
THAT GAVE JURORS A VIEW OF THE IMPACT THIS CRIME HAD.
in this case the human element was crucial because
if there was a defense of maybe we gave permission
or there was permission the fact that they were so
upset, the phone call, the 911 call, the jhugging
when the baby was recovered, this is a human case
and its about a human story and i think we all get
wrapped up in the csi effect.
this was a human case with real human emotions.
WITH THE TRIAL NOW BEHIND THEM THE EMOTIONS OF THE
DAY ARE CLEAR.
WHAT IS LESS CLEAR HOWEVER TO US IS WHAT THESE LAST
SIX MONTH HAVE BEEN LIKE.
ONLY THE FAMILY KNOWS - THEY LIVED IT.
what's it like? probably wouldn't understand...you
NO, YOU MOST CERTAINLY WOULD NOT KNOW WHAT THAT FAMILY
HAS BEEN THROUGH.
KRISTEN SMITH WILL BE BACK IN COURT ON OCTOBER 27
SHE FACES A MINIMUM OF 25 YEARS TO LIFE IN A FEDERAL
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