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Husband Granted Divorce From Susan Smith

Sat., May 6, 1995

Susan V. Smith, who confessed to drowning her two young sons, was divorced Friday by her husband, who said their marriage disintegrated because she had an affair.

“I’m glad to have this part behind me now,” David Smith said. “I certainly do have mixed feelings and mixed emotions about it, but I guess that’s because of the circumstances and the conditions.”

He supports a prosecutor’s decision to seek the death penalty for his ex-wife, who is awaiting trial on two murder counts for the deaths of 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old Alex.

She filed for divorce in September, claiming her husband had cheated on her.

On Oct. 25, she said a carjacker abducted her boys. Nine days later, she admitted she killed the boys by leaving them in her car when she sent it rolling into a lake.

David Smith filed a counterclaim for divorce after the boys’ deaths.

Jury selection for Susan Smith’s trial is to begin July 10.

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