Anna Nicole Smith's body was ordered Wednesday to be held for DNA testing in the paternity dispute involving the former Playboy Playmate's partner, her 5-month old daughter and another man, a judge ruled.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda granted the request in a brief meeting in his chambers with attorneys for photographer Larry Birkhead, who claims to be the baby's father.
He petitioned the Florida court Tuesday, asking that a California court order for DNA testing filed Friday the day after Smith died be enforced in Florida.
Nancy Hass, an attorney for Birkhead, said the Birkhead camp feared that accurate DNA testing would not be possible if the body was released and moved out of state, reports AP.
Smith's partner, Howard K. Stern, also claims to the be the baby's father.