m. The conflict between the Texas probate court and California bankruptcy court judgments forced the matter into federal court. After the coroner labeled the death "reserved" Smith hired forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht to perform a second autopsy.
Smith dropped out of high school and was married in 1985. Within the final six months of her life Smith was the focus of a renewed press coverage surrounding the death of her son Daniel and the paternity and custody battle over her newborn daughter Dannielynn. S.