Report: Larry Birkhead may testify on Anna Nicole Smith's burial
UPI News Service, 02/19/2007
Larry Birkhead, who claims to be the father of the late Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, reportedly is preparing to testify about burial plans for Smith.
Birkhead arrived in Florida and is ready to testify on where Smith should be buried, TMZ.com said.
A Broward County, Fla., judge scheduled a hearing for Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ordering ordered Smith's companion, Howard K. Stern to testify. Stern has been in the Bahamas with Smith's daughter, Dannielynn.
Stern, who is listed on the child's birth certificate as the father, said Smith wanted to be buried in the Bahamas next to her son, Daniel, who died in September. Smith died Feb. 8 of unknown causes in a Florida hospital.
Hearings began last week about who should receive Smith's remains: Stern or Smith's estranged mother, Vergie Arthur, who said she wants to bury Smith in her native Texas.
The subject of Birkhead's testimony was not revealed.
Birkhead filed a paternity suit in California. Last week a Florida judge ordered that DNA be extracted from Smith and that her body be embalmed but remain with the county medical examiner until several legal issues are resolved.