Susan Smith put on prison suicide watch

COLUMBIA, S.C. Susan Smith was put back under a suicide watch in prison for a day after the birthday of one of her two murdered sons.

She got a ''completely bare cell, paper gown, fireproof blanket, nothing to read, nothing to write with, just nothing, nothing, nothing,'' her attorney David Bruck said yesterday. ''I think they allowed her to have a Bible.''

Prison spokesman John Barkley confirmed that Ms. Smith, 24, was put under a suicide watch on Oct. 11 but would not give details.

She is serving a life sentence for drowning her sons, Michael, 3, and Alex, 14 months, by rolling her car into a lake. Michael would have turned 4 on Oct. 10.

The Associated Press

Two juries to hear Snoop's murder case

LOS ANGELES Murder charges against Snoop Doggy Dogg and two other men will be heard simultaneously by two juries if prosecutors use a statement from one defendant that could implicate the rapper, a judge ruled yesterday.

If the government introduces the statement, one jury would consider the case against the star, born Calvin Broadus, and an acquaintance, Sean Abrams, while another panel would consider the case against the rapper's former bodyguard, McKinley Lee, whose comments to police could incriminate his ex-boss.

Deputy District Attorney Ed Nison said he has not decided if he will use the statement.

The three are free on bail, charged with murder in the 1993 slaying of Philip Waldermariam.

The trial was to begin yesterday but was postponed.

Broadus' 1993 debut album, ''Doggystyle'' was a No. 1 seller.

The Associated Press

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