Anna Nicole Smith boyfriend and doctor found guilty
A jury in Los Angeles has found Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and psychiatrist guilty of conspiracy to drug the former Playboy model and cleared the charges levied against her doctor.
Howard K. Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich were convicted yesterday of conspiring to help Smith fraudulently obtain illegal substances. Eroshevich was convicted on two separate counts of unlawfully prescribing and obtaining Vicodin, reports The Associated Press.
Stern gave a short statement outside the court according to Foreign Peace FM Online. "They found me not guilty of seven counts, these were all the counts related to whether the medications were for a legitimate medical purpose or whether Anna was an addict. Everything related to the appropriateness of the medication I was acquitted," he said.
Smith's doctor, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, who had provided her with painkillers, was acquitted of a charge that he had prescribed excessive drugs to an addict under the alias, Michelle Chase. Kapoor's lawyers had argued during the trial that Smith suffered from migraines, spinal pain and other ailments that required treatment and painkillers.
Kapoor believed the verdict was a victory for Smith as well, as it recognized that Smith had a legitimate need for the prescription. "This is not just a victory for me, but for patients everywhere who suffer chronic pain," he said outside the courthouse, according to The Washington Post.
The jury spent two weeks deliberating if the three defendants were attempting to relieve her pain, or if they had been feeding Smith's drug addiction in order to exert control over her.
Prosecutors say Smith had obtained 1,500 pills in one month. Shortly after she died in 2007, methadone was found in her refrigerator and an autopsy revealed an overdose of drugs including painkillers and sedatives, according to CBS News.
Stern and Eroshevich will be back in court on January 6, and can ask for a new trial or a reduction of their convictions. Their sentences have yet to be determined, according to MSNBC.