Anna Nicole Smith verdict reached
A jury has reached a verdict in the drug trial surrounding the death of model and Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith in which two physicians and lawyer were accused of funneling powerful and dangerous medications to her.
The verdict will be read at 1:30 p.m.
The panel deliberated for more than two weeks in the case of Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich, and Smith's lawyer and boyfriend Howard Stern, who are accused of conspiring to unlawfully provide controlled substances to an addict and of obtaining the medication through fraud. They were not charged with causing Smith's death. She died of an accidental overdose at a Florida hotel in February 2007.
During the two-month trial, prosecutors contended the three defendants used dubious methods to obtain and give powerful opiates and sedatives to Smith in the three years leading up to her death. Motivated by Smith's fame, they gave her the medications she craved without legitimate medical need, the prosecution argued.
Attorneys for the doctors told jurors Smith suffered from chronic physical pain as well as severe emotional pain in the last months of her life, resulting from her son Daniel's death. They argued each of their clients were acting in Smith's best interest and that a doctor's medical judgment cannot be "second-guessed" after the fact.
-- Victoria Kim