Howard K. Stern Pleads Not Guilty


May 13 2009, Published 6:59 a.m. ET

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More than two years after Anna Nicole Smith passed away from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, her lawyer and former boyfriend Howard K. Stern is still wrapped up in a case involving her death.

Stern and two of Anna's doctors, Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor pleaded not guilty today in Los Angeles Superior Court to charges that they illegally supplied her with prescription drugs for years before her passing, Reuters reports.

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All three were charged in March with conspiracy and prescribing painkillers, sleeping pills, anxiety medicines and other drugs to Anna for three years, before she died in 2007, using aliases. The defendants all maintain the drugs were prescribed for legitimate medical reasons.

A preliminary hearing could happen in June that will decide whether there is enough evidence to merit a trial.


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