Seduced into murder, teen testifies 16-year-old says woman seduced him in lurid plot to kill her husband.

March 12, 1991|By Boston Globe

EXETER, N.H. -- Sixteen-year-old William Flynn testified yesterday in lurid detail that Pamela Smart, former media coordinator at his high school, seduced him into a steamy romance, then repeatedly used promises of love and threats of rejection to manipulate him into killing her husband.

Flynn, who pleaded guilty last month to fatally shooting Gregory Smart on May 1, 1990, in the Smarts' Derry, N.H., condominium, told the jury he had flubbed earlier attempts to murder the 24-year-old insurance salesman, and that each time his failures stirred Pamela Smart's wrath.

Smart, 23, is standing trial in Rockingham County Superior Court on charges of being an accomplice to first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

"You don't love me," Flynn said Pamela Smart told him after he botched one attempt when he lost his way to the scene of the nTC planned murder.

"You got lost on purpose," Smart shouted as the two sat in her car at Seabrook Beach, according to Flynn. "If you loved me, you'd do this so you could be with me," she allegedly said.

Asked how he responded, Flynn began to cry. "I told her I love her," he testified tearfully. "I told her I loved her very much."

Then, he told the jury, "I promised her I'd do it."

Prosecutors contend that Pamela Smart enticed and instructed Flynn and his two friends -- Patrick (Pete) Randall, 17, and Vance (J.R.) Lattime Jr., 18 -- to kill her husband a week before their first anniversary.

Pamela Smart sat tensely as Flynn detailed the alleged plot, which he said sprang from their affair, a romance that he testified escalated from mutual admiration in a self-awareness program at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., to a lusty bedroom liaison modeled after scenes of sexual encounters between Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke in the movie "9 1/2 Weeks."

Flynn, who described himself as a 15-year-old virgin when he first encountered Smart, said he was immediately attracted to her because of her beauty, energy and affection for his favorite heavy metal bands, particularly Motley Crue and Van Halen.

As an honors student at Florida State University, Smart had worked as a disc jockey at the campus radio station, dubbing herself the Maiden of Metal and hosting a show called Metal Madness.

She told him divorce was not a feasible alternative "because everything was in Greg's name, and he'd take the car, the dog, the furniture and the money, and she'd have to move in with her mother," Flynn testified.

She also warned Flynn that she would be able to see him only rarely while Greg was alive, he told the jury.

"I can't go on seeing you like this if we're not going to be together," he quoted her as yelling at him after another murder attempt.

"I was afraid if I didn't do it, she would leave me, and that would be it," Flynn testified.

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