Man accused of documenting woman’s killing pleads not guilty
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of documenting the killing of a woman on a camera memory card has pleaded not guilty.
Brian Steven Smith didn’t speak during an arraignment that lasted about a minute Wednesday. A public defender entered his pleas for him.
Smith faces charges of murder, sexual assault and evidence tampering in the death of 30-year-old Kathleen Henry.
Her body was found near the highway south of Anchorage Oct. 2. A few days earlier, a woman walking in Anchorage found a memory card titled, “Homicide at midtown Marriott.” Police say the card had 39 photos and 12 videos. The videos show a man beating and strangling a woman, telling her to die and laughing.
The man’s accent on the tapes helped lead police to Smith, who is from South Africa.