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Anna Nicole Smith drug case goes to court

October 13, 2009 |  7:36 am

Prosecutors are expected to present evidence against three people they accuse of illegally providing controlled substances to Anna Nicole Smith, at a preliminary hearing that begins today.

Los Angeles authorities charged doctors Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich as well as Smith's boyfriend and lawyer, Howard K. Stern, in March with conspiring to provide her with controlled substances.

All three have pleaded not guilty.

In court papers, prosecutors indicated they plan to call as witnesses those close to the former Playboy playmate, including her bodyguard and Larry Birkhead, the father of her daughter, Dannielynn.

Smith had prescriptions for 44 medications under at least nine aliases at the time of her death, according to unsealed affidavits accompanying warrants for searches of physicians' offices and other areas. A Florida medical examiner found nine medications in her system and labeled her death the result of "acute combined drug intoxication."

Court papers show a pharmacist in Valley Village refused to fill some of the prescriptions. The amount and combinations of drugs alarmed the pharmacist, who later recalled thinking, "They are going to kill her with this." He phoned Smith's internist and said he had no intention of filling a prescription that amounted to "pharmaceutical suicide," according to court documents.

On Feb. 8, 2007, the 39-year-old model overdosed on prescription medication in a Florida hotel room.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Anna Nicole Smith in 2000. Credit: Associated Press

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