Prosecutors added more charges against Howard K. Stern and arraigned him on 11 counts Wednesday in connection with Anna Nicole Smith’s drug-induced death. Two of Smith’s doctors, psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and internist Sandeep Kapoor, were arraigned on six charges each.
More than two years after the tragic death of the blonde bombshell, the legal battle surrounding her demise is just beginning.
Stern, Smith’s former attorney and boyfriend, pleaded not guilty in May to charges of aiding and abetting Smith in obtaining controlled substances. But the Los Angeles district attorney’s office amended the complaint Wednesday to add more charges.
The new charges brought against Stern include allegations he helped Anna Nicole obtain prescription drugs by using a false name.
RadarOnine.com has been on the scene to bring you up-to-the-minute details. At 8:45 Wednesday morning Eroshevich and Kapoor arrived in court.. Stern’s lawyer Steve Sadow was present along with Adam Braun, Eroshevich’s lawyer, and Ellyn Garafalo, Sadeep’s lawyer. District attorney Rennee Rose was also in the room.
Stern and Kapoor chatted in the courtroom at 9:20 a..m. whle Eroschevich sat away from them, with private investigator John Nazarian.
Legal proceeding began at 9:45 a.m. and by 10 a.m. the judge ordered the DA’s office go through more than 1,100 pages of court documents to make sure the defendants’ lawyers had all the details of the witnesses prior to the preliminary hearing. Sadow claimed that witness details had been kept from them and that the names of individuals were taken out by the DA's office.
Stern was then arraigned on all 11 counts and Kapoor and Eroshevich on six each.
Court went into recess at 10:50 a.m.