Friday, February 05, 2010
Pamela Smart, the New Hampshire school aide serving a life sentence for persuading her teenage lover to kill her teenage husband, still insists after 20 years that she had nothing to do with the murder.
Smart, 42, is serving life without parole after being convicted in 1991 of recruiting 16-year-old Billy Flynn and his friends to murder her husband a year earlier at the couple’s Derry, N.H., home.
The teenagers insisted that Smart, then a 22-year-old high school media coordinator, planned the killing. Smart maintains that they lied to get a plea bargain for their parts in the crime and that the jury that convicted her was swayed by media coverage.
“I never wanted Gregg killed,” Smart told WMUR News 9 on Thursday in an interview at the prison. “I never wanted him to kill Gregg. I never asked him to. I never insinuated that I wanted him to kill my husband.”
“They’ll be leaving prison, and right now, as it stands, I won’t be,” she added. “So I believe there’s obvious motivation for why they said what they said.”