Murder Defense: Too Much Caffeine

A Kentucky man accused of strangling his wife has claimed excessive caffeine from sodas, energy drinks and diet pills left him so mentally unstable that he falsely confessed to killing his wife. Woody Will Smith’s murder trial began on Monday, and according to the Kentucky Enquirer, Smith’s lawyer will argue that the combination of all that caffeine was responsible for the death of his wife.


 The defendant, Woody Will Smith, was charged with strangling his wife, Amanda Hornsby-Smith, with an extension cord in 2009. Smith’s trial began on Monday, and his attorney, Shannon Sexton, has already filed notice of their defense.

 In 2009, charges against Daniel Noble were dropped after he was accused of mowing down two pedestrians with his car in Washington. The judge dismissed the charges after tests showed that coffee had triggered a rare form of bipolar disorder, rendering Noble temporarily insane. Murder by coffee is definitely a unique defense.


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