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Man found guilty in Alaska Native woman’s killing that was recorded on video

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A South African man who tortured an Alaska Native woman and narrated as he recorded a video of her dying was found guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday for killing her and another Native woman.


The Anchorage jury returned a unanimous verdict against Brian Steven Smith after deliberating for less than two hours.


Smith, a 52-year-old from South Africa, showed no reaction in court and stared ahead as the judge read the jury’s verdict. He was arrested after a woman stole his cellphone from his truck and discovered the gruesome footage from 2019. The woman, a sex worker who became a key witness during the trial in Anchorage, then copied the footage to a memory card and ultimately turned it over to police, prosecutors said.


Smith later confessed to killing another Alaska Native woman whose body had been found earlier but had been misidentified.