A Los Angeles judge on Wednesday lifted an order that kept Anna Nicole Smith’s body from being buried, saying that enough DNA required for a legal battle over her infant daughter was obtained during Smith’s autopsy.
Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider ruled last week that Smith’s body should be preserved until a February 20 hearing into paternity claims by the model’s ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, one of several men who say they fathered 5-month-old Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern.
A Florida judge earlier on Wednesday said he would abide by that order and hold Smith’s body in a morgue there.
Acting on a request from Smith’s attorney, Ronald Rale, Schnider said that a Florida medical examiner had obtained sufficient DNA from the body and that there was no longer any reason to postpone funeral arrangements.
“There was no need to in any way delay this process. We want to have a proper burial … just out of respect for Anna Nicole,” Rale said after the hearing in Los Angeles.