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Wednesday
Oct032012

Waseem Daker Stabbing Victim: 'He Didn't Break Me'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Days after they were grilled in court by the man who made their lives hell for years, Nick Smith and Lottie Spencer say justice prevailed.

“He didn’t break me,” Nick Smith told 20/20′s Chris Cuomo after the conviction of Waseem Daker, who was tried last month for the 1995 murder of Smith’s mother, Karmen, and stabbing Smith 18 times when he was just 5 years old.

In court, Daker served as his own attorney, cross-examining both Smith and Spencer, Karmen Smith’s good friend who lived upstairs from the Smiths.

Daker is believed to have committed the crimes as revenge against Spencer.  Before being tried for the Karmen Smith murder, Daker spent 10 years in prison for stalking Spencer.

Spencer, who endured hours of questioning by Daker, said she was inspired by Nick Smith.

“I just kept on thinking, that poor Nick has got to confront the man that stabbed him eighteen times, and murdered his mom,” she told Cuomo.  “And if he’s going to do it, I gotta be strong for him, to show him that we can do it.”

On the stand, Spencer broke down sobbing after Daker called her testimony “inappropriate.”

“It’s really inappropriate that you stalk me and harass me, and you’re sitting here asking me questions, and I have to come back with you and answer your questions, that’s hard for me!” she said.

During his time on the stand, Nick Smith shot back after Daker asked if Smith remembered saying in 1995 that his attacker’s eyes were blue.

“I was in the hospital and had gotten stabbed repeatedly by you, so I don’t really think that that was a very good time to be asking a 5-year-old questions like that,” he said.

A jury convicted Daker last week and on Monday, he was sentenced to life in prison plus 47 years.  During his sentencing, he maintained his innocence.

Smith, meanwhile, says he sleeps much easier now.

“I just feel a little more free than I did before,” he said.

Watch the full story on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Oct012012

Ga. Man Sentenced in Flight Attendant’s Murder, Stabbing of Her Child

Hemera/Thinkstock(MARRIETA, Ga.) -- Waseem Daker, the man convicted last week of murdering a Georgia woman and repeatedly stabbing her 5-year-old son, was sentenced Monday to life in prison, plus 47 years.

Karmen Smith was killed in her home in 1995. Her son was stabbed 18 times but survived.

Daker, who represented himself during his trial, argued again Monday that he was not guilty of the crimes.

“I did not kill Karmen Smith. I did not stab Nick Smith,” he said, "I hope that one day the truth comes out, because this is not it.”

But the judge in the case called Daker “a master manipulator.”

“I hope you never leave prison because that will be just,” Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley said.

Nick Smith, the son, now in his 20s, testified against Daker -- and was cross-examined by him -- during the trial.

“From what I could tell it was a man, but it was really dark and I just assumed that it was someone that I knew. … The person in the room grabbed me and started stabbing me a bunch and I tried to yell and he covered my mouth and then he kept stabbing me,” a teary-eyed Smith told the courtroom.

Before he was tried for Karmen Smith’s murder, Daker spent 10 years in prison for stalking Smith’s roommate, Loretta Spencer Blatz.

Blatz also testified against Daker at the trial.

Watch the full story on “20/20″ Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep252012

Accused Murderer Had 'How-to' Murder Books, Say Prosecutors

ABC News(MARIETTA, Ga.) -- Prosecutors in the Waseem Daker murder trial showed jurors that when he was arrested in 2009, they found rope, handcuffs and how-to manuals about getting away with murder in his possession.

In court Monday, jurors were presented with 12-year-old emails that prosecutors say prove Daker obtained disturbing materials before allegedly killing Karmen Smith in 1995 and stabbing her then 5-year-old son, Nick Smith, 18 times.  The "how-to" titles were How to Get Away with Murder and Kill Without Joy.

Daker is accused of strangling flight attendant Karmen Smith as an act of revenge against her roommate, Loretta Spencer Blatz, who helped send him to prison for harassing her.  Just before going to serve a 10-year prison sentence for stalking Blatz, prosecutors say Daker allegedly killed Smith.

Daker is acting as his own attorney in the Marietta, Ga., courtroom, which has made for some awkward questioning when Blatz and Nick Smith, now 22, took the stand.  Judge Mary Staley has nearly lost her cool a few times in this case, clearly annoyed with Daker's courtroom antics.

"There are numerous occasions during the trial that your veracity has been in strong question by me.  Strong!" said Staley.  

She added, "And you don't try cases by ambush."

Daker had long been a suspect in Karmen Smith's murder, but it wasn't until 2009 that, according to authorities, tests showed hairs found on Smith's body matched Daker's DNA.

Daker and prosecutors are fighting over those very DNA tests from the scene of the crime that police say cracked the case and led to his arrest.

Daker questioned homicide detective John Dawes on Monday, and asked why police did not submit every piece of evidence for DNA testing.

Dawes explained that once they had Daker's DNA linking him to the crime scene there was no need for more tests.

Daker could start arguing his innocence as soon as this afternoon and he could testify while acting as his own lawyer.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep182012

Stabbing Survivor Grilled by Man Accused of Stabbing Him, Strangling Mom

Comstock/Thinkstock(MARIETTA, Ga.) -- It was clearly going to be a grueling day of testimony for Nick Smith as he was about to be cross-examined by the man accused of murdering his mother and stabbing him 18 times when he was only 5 years old.

Smith began crying shortly after taking the stand in Marietta, Ga., and was just spelling his name.

Smith, now 22, was testifying in the murder trial of Waseem Daker, who was acting as his own attorney.

Daker spent 10 years in prison for stalking Loretta Spencer Blatz, who was roommates with Nick Smith and his mother, Karmen Smith.

Shortly before Daker went to prison in 1995, Karmen Smith was strangled and Nick Smith was savagely attacked when he came home from school.

Smith recounted the assault in court Tuesday for prosecutors and then was cross-examined by Daker. His testimony, he noted to prosecutors, came on what would have been his mother's birthday.

"I got home from school and my mom's car was still in the driveway so I thought she was home," Smith said through tears. "And I went downstairs and she wasn't there."

He said he went to upstairs to play with a friend, but returned again looking for his mother, but saw a man there instead.

"From what I could tell it was a man, but it was really dark and I just assumed that it was someone that I knew....The person in the room grabbed me and started stabbing me a bunch and I tried to yell and he covered my mouth and then he kept stabbing me," Smith said.

The stabbings, he said, "felt like I was getting punched."

Smith said he remembered a gloved hand over his mouth. He said his assailant was also wearing a black mask of some sort that covered his face. He said because of the mask he wasn't able to get a good look at the man who attacked him.

"I have stab wounds all over my chest and a stab wound in my hand," he testified and lifted his shirt to show the jury the 17 stab wounds on his chest and one to his hand.

When Daker took over the questioning, he asked Smith if he had heard the recordings of the statements he gave right after the attack. Smith responded that he wouldn't want to, and said he doesn't remember telling the detectives at the time that he could see his attacker's eyes, which he said were blue.

"I was in the hospital and had gotten stabbed repeatedly by you, so I don't think that's a very good time to be asking a 5-year-old questions like that," Smith responded.

Daker had long been a suspect in Karmen Smith's murder, but it wasn't until 2009 that hairs found on Karmen Smith's body matched Daker's DNA.

It was the second day of dramatic testimony in the trial. Last Friday, Blatz took the stand and was clearly rattled having to be grilled by the man imprisoned for stalking her relentlessly and accused of murdering her roommate.

After several hours of questioning, Blatz fought back against Daker when he asked the judge to label her testimony during his questioning as "inappropriate."

"Well, you know, it's really inappropriate that you stalk me and harass me, and you're sitting here asking me questions, and I have to come back with you and answer your questions, that's hard for me," she said, breaking down and sobbing.

"I didn't realize this was going to turn into murder. My God, I mean, if I would have known I would have taken notes," she told the court.

Daker was imprisoned for stalking Blatz after the two met on a paintball team in 1995. He began calling her at all hours, showing up unexpectedly at her home and refusing to leave, and even breaking into her home.

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