After 13 days, an L.A. jury has handed down a split decision in the trial of two doctors and Anna Nicole Smith’s longtime companion. Prosecutors accused them of getting phony painkiller prescriptions for the model and reality TV star.
Jurors acquitted one doctor, Sandeep Kapoor, on all six counts that he’d prescribed Smith excessive amounts of painkillers. But they handed down guilty verdicts to the psychiatrist who’d had a long and intimate relationship with Smith.
Dr. Khristine Eroshevich was convicted of two counts of conspiracy, and two more for writing fake prescriptions.
The jury convicted Smith’s longtime companion Howard K. Stern of two conspiracy counts. Prosecutors charged Stern, Eroshevich and Kapoor in connection with an alleged scheme to get Smith phony prescriptions for painkillers.
They weren’t charged with her death from an accidental painkiller overdose three years ago, but the inference was always there – that they kept the oversized, over-the-top model doped up and addicted to the painkillers that eventually killed her.
Kapoor has been cleared. Sentencing for Stern and Eroshevich is in early January. Both face prison time.