ANNA Nicole Smith‘s ex-boyfriend and two of her doctors are set to stand trial over claims they supplied the former Playboy model with drugs.
Howard K. Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and psychiatrist Dr. Khristine Eroshevich will appear in front of a jury after a judge who heard sometimes shocking testimony about the flood of prescription drugs provided to Smith ruled Friday there was sufficient evidence to try the defendants on charges of conspiring to give Smith sedatives and opiates.
Defense lawyers had argued that the trio tried desperately to save the doomed model in her waning years, including a period when she gave birth to a daughter and lost her grown son to a drug overdose.
Anna Nicole was found dead in her suite at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida in February 2007.
One of the last pieces of prosecution evidence introduced was a transcript of an investigator’s interview of a Smith friend who said she saw Stern placing pills in her mouth.
“He poured them in her mouth like you would a bird,” Gina Shelley said in the interview.
All three defendants pleaded not guilty, If convicted they each could face more than five years in prison. A Dec. 11 arraignment was set.
Eroshevich was the only defendant to comment after the hearing.
“I understand that I have to go through this process,” she said.
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