A judge in the Bahamas said he is close to resolving a legal issue that delayed an inquest into what caused the death of Anna Nicole Smith’s 20-year-old son.
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez said he expects to rule in a closed session today on a motion filed by the estate of the former Playboy Playmate.
The undisclosed issue prompted a delay in picking a jury for the inquest into the September 10 death of Daniel Smith.
“It’s expected that the inquest will resume shortly after,” he rules on the motion, Gomez said.
Bahamian legal rules prohibit anyone involved in closed legal proceedings to discuss them, even to disclose the nature of a legal motion under consideration.
Soon after the session began on Tuesday, Wayne Munroe, a lawyer for Anna Nicole Smith’s estate, asked the judge to consider a motion that “relates to the impaneling of a jury to act on this inquiry".
Gomez then ordered spectators and media to leave the courtroom.
Daniel Smith died while visiting his mother three days after she gave birth to her daughter, Dannielynn, in Nassau, the Bahamian capital.
Anna Nicole Smith died on February 8 in Florida.