The Pamela Smart Case
24 year old Gregory Smart was shot dead in his New Hampshire condominium, which what appeared to be a botched burglary, just one week before his first wedding anniversary. Six weeks later William Flynn, age of 16, Vance Lattime, age of 17 and Patrick Randall, age of 18 were arrested and charged with the murder, all three pleaded guilty. However, to reduce their sentences the teenagers agreed to testify against the person they claimed persuaded them to carry out the killing: Pamela Smart, wife of Gregory. On March 4, 1991 Assistant Attorney General Diane Nicolosi said the teenagers were naive victims of an evil women who wanted her husband dead. Nicolosi claimed that Smart seduced Flynn with the intent of tricking him into murdering her husband, so that she might avoid an expensive divorce and benefit from a $140,000 life insurance policy. Patrick Randall talked about how Flynn had enlisted his services, along with Vance Lattime and how all three went to the Smart residence. While Lattime waited outside, Flynn and Randall ransacked the house and ambushed Greg Smart when he returned home from a sales meeting. Randall admitted to holding a knife at Smart’s throat as Flynn fired a .38- caliber bullet through Smart’s brain. After the two took some jewelry to create the impression of a robbery gone wrong. Defense counsel Mark Sisti states that “Pamela Smart didn’t make you kill anybody, right?” Then Randall agrees and Sisti continues to say “You went to kill Greg Smart for your friend Bill Flynn, right?” and Randall agrees again. “Pamela Smart had nothing to so with that, correct?” Sisti asked next and Randall simply states “Correct.” Vance Lattime is the driver of the get away car, he states that Smart gave him a pair of stereo speakers and promised an additional $250 for his part in the slaying. When William Flynn took the stand he recounted how Smart seduced him and stated how she told him stories of how Greg physically abused her. She said...
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