Prosecutors go after O.C. Smith's military record - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: George Metaxas, 2/10/05, Updated 5:33 p.m.

Prosecutors go after O.C. Smith's military record

Police pictures of O.C. Smith that were shown in court during his trial. Police pictures of O.C. Smith that were shown in court during his trial.

The trial of former medical examiner O.C. Smith heated up Thursday. This time prosecutors went after Smith's military record.

Prosecutors Thursday called only one witness, a Navy Reserve commander from Millington who testified O.C. Smith's military career is not that stellar. Commander Rick Russell testified that Smith's more than 20 year career in the reserves basically involved work in the medical arena. Russell said it did not appear that Smith was a navy seal, worked in special operations or on any secret missions. Defense attorneys showed writings in Smith's military record that seem to indicate the former medical director did do all of that. Smith is not charged with lying about his military career, so defense attorney's did not see the point in the testimony. Jerry Easter, Smith's attorney said, "Seems to me they're trying to prove a whole lot of stuff he's not charged with and very little proof on what he is charged with." Smith is accused of faking an attack on himself that involved barbed wire and a bomb around his neck and then lying about it to federal agents. The trial is expected to last two more weeks.

We have police pictures of O.C. Smith that were shown in court during his trial. Barbed wire was wrapped around the former Shelby County Medical Examiner's face. Smith claims a man did this to him. But during Wednesday's testimony, a Memphis police officer said it didn't look like Smith had been attacked at all.

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