The woman held hostage by Atlanta courthouse shooting suspect Brian Nichols gained his trust by talking with him for hours and spoke of her 5-year-old daughter in a bid to win his sympathy, she told reporters Sunday.She was more than a champ. Calm. Focused. Incredible. Read the transcript of her interview with reporters.
Smith, who was widowed four years ago, said she cooked Nichols a pancake breakfast before he allowed her to leave for a visit with her daughter.
Her subsequent 911 call led to the capture of Nichols on Saturday, after a 26-hour manhunt.
"She was a champ," said Chief Charles Walters of the Gwinnett County police.