Baby Gabriel case: Tammi Smith police interview played in court

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by Mike Watkiss

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azfamily.com

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 9:14 AM

PHOENIX -- For jurors in the high-profile forgery and conspiracy trial of Scottsdale resident Tammi Smith, it was a day of listening to a police audio tape of an often-contentious 2010 interrogation of Smith conducted by Tempe Police Detective Patricia Ramirez shortly after Smith and her husband, Jack, had been publicly identified as "persons of interest" in the disappearance of 8-month-old Gabriel Johnson.

During the more than two-hour interview, Smith acknowledges that it was she who filled out court paperwork for Gabriel's mother, Elizabeth Johnson, as Johnson was fighting with the child's father, Logan McQuery, for custody.

Smith also admitted to signing and misspelling Johnson's name on the court document and to writing the name of her (Smith's) cousin, Craig Cherry, on the paperwork, identifying Cherry as a possible father of the baby.

Smith, 40, is accused of conspiring to interfere with McQuery's custodial rights as she and her husband were trying to adopt the baby in days and weeks before Gabriel's disappearance in late 2009.

Prosecutors are expected to rest their case Tuesday and the defense is expected to call as its first witness, Jack Smith.

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