The 48 Hours episode ‘Crime & Punishment’ follows the life of convicted murderer Dennis Samuel Ott. In 1992, he was found guilty of the murder of his 32-year-old wife Phonthip Boonack Ott, mother of his two stepdaughters Tippy and Jeanette (then 14 and 10 years old). Ott served 25 years of his 25 years to life sentence and is seeking parole. His stepdaughters are doing everything they can to keep that from happening. (Ott still claims his innocence.) CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith interviews Ott (by phone) and his stepdaughters.
Smith joined CBS News in 2000. She was part of the CBS News Sunday Morning team that won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program (2015, 2013). Smith is currently a correspondent for the new CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley and 48 Hours. She graduated from Boston University and earned her master’s in broadcast journalism from USC. She is married to CBS Sunday Morning producer John D’Amelio. They are the parents of 8-year-old twins. (Photos below.) 48 Hours airs Saturdays at 10pm on CBS.
— Claire Moncrief (@clairemoncrief) July 28, 2016
— Tracy Smith (@thattracysmith) September 25, 2016