Anna Nicole Smith Saga Continues: Stern, Eroshevich Facing Judge

Apr. 7 2009, Published 2:53 p.m. ET

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The longtime attorney/friend of Anna Nicole Smith and a psychiatrist who was close to her are being arraigned in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday morning in connection with allegations that the pair's actions contributed to the death of the Playboy playmate back in 2007.

Dr. Khristine Eroshevich is the woman previously featured in an exclusive story in which photographs showed her snorting a white powder. Legal expert and Denver trial attorney Craig Silverman told the photos could spell big trouble for the doc in Florida’s relaunched investigation.

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Howard K. Stern, 40, was the "principal enabler," according to California Attorney General Jerry Brown, of the drug abuse that lead to Smith's death at 39 after an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in Hollywood, Florida. The medical examiner on the case subsequently said there were 11 prescription medications -- which prosecutors said included valium, vicodin, xanax, ambien and methadone -- found in the room at her time of death. Most of the prescriptions, prosecutors said, were in Stern's name.

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Stern, since his arrest last month, has been free on a $20,000 bond.

Both of the defendants were charged with a single count of felony conspiracy, among other offenses, including unlawfully prescribing a controlled substance and prescribing, administering or dispensing a controlled substance to an addict.

Brown said of the defendants: "These people were caught up in being in a relationship with and being around the celebrity Anna Nicole Smith." will keep you posted on any breaking developments in this story. (Photo: Splash News)



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