The Guardian, October 28, 2010
by Jonathan Haynes
Boyfriend and psychiatrist convicted of conspiring to give model excessive amounts of prescription drugs
Photograph: Richard Cohen/Corbis
Anna Nicole Smith’s boyfriend and psychiatrist have been found guilty of conspiring to give the late Playboy model drugs before her death.After a two month trial, a Los Angeles court convicted Howard K Stern and Khristine Eroshevich for conspiring to give her excessive amounts of painkillers, antidepressants and other prescription drugs.
They were both acquitted of other charges. A second doctor, Sandeep Kapoor, was acquitted on all charges.
Stern, Eroshevich and Kapoor, had all pleaded not guilty to multiple charges of fraudulently providing drugs and controlled substances to a known addict.
The three were not charged over the death of Smith, who was best known for marrying an 89-year-old oil Texan oil billionaire, J Howard Marshall, when she was 26.
She died in February 2007 at age 39 from an accidental prescription drug overdose.
The jury reached its split verdict after 13 days of deliberations following a trial that saw the judge criticise prosecutors for being overly aggressive and throw out some of the original charges.
Prosecutors said the three defendants conspired to provide Smith with a cocktail of painkillers, muscle relaxants, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs by writing or seeking prescriptions using several false names. They said Smith was first treated for drug addiction in 1996.
The prescriptions were issued between June 2004 and January 2007, just weeks before Smith’s death.
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