Caffeine-induced insanity claim in murder trial

Woody Smith (Source: Campbell County Jail)
Woody Smith (Source: Campbell County Jail)

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - The murder trial of a northern Kentucky man has been postponed after his lawyer's claim that caffeine figured into the strangulation death of the defendant's wife.

Prosecutors want time to run tests on pills and drinks they were given only last week.

The trial of Woody Smith was to have begun Monday, but has been set over to begin Aug. 30 in Newport.

The defense claims Smith was in state of caffeine-induced insanity because he took diet pills that contain caffeine and consumed an energy drink.

Smith is accused of killing 28-year-old Amanda Hornsby-Smith in May 2009 in the couple's Dayton home by strangling her with an extension cord.

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