VIDEO: Larry Birkhead Doesn't Think Howard K. Stern's To Blame In Anna Nicole Smith's Death

May 13 2010, Published 12:00 p.m. ET

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Larry Birkhead, the father of Anna Nicole Smith's 3-year-old daughter Dannielynn, told the Today Show Thursday that despite an initial battle over his daughter's paternity, he's actually become friendly with Smith's pal/attorney Howard K. Stern and doesn't blame him for Smith’s fatal overdose.

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Stern goes on trial this August 4 along with Smith's psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich, and medical internist Sandeep Kapoor, on charges they conspired to illegally provide Smith with sedatives and opiates prior to her February 2007 death.

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Birkhead said Stern's "been charged in the media as being guilty already," and added that he'd prefer to let things play out when the trio have their day in court.

PHOTO: Larry And Dannielynn Go Pumpkin Shopping

He said that since the question of the child's paternity has been settled, him and Stern have entered into a successful working relationship.

“I don’t think he had anything to do with Anna Nicole’s death, obviously,” Birkhead said. "I think some of his interest in her clouded the paternity battle ... if anyone wondered if he would harm Anna or Dannie, I would say you’re crazy. She basically was his life and still is to this day.”

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Stern, who along with Eroshevich and Kapoor, has pleaded not guilty to the felony charges, told us in February that he can't wait to return to court and get the trial started so he can be fully vindicated, and that he's eagerly anticipating the cross examination part of his upcoming trial when the prosecution’s witnesses will be exposed as liars.



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