LOS ANGELES (AP) Drug bottles, a duffel bag full of cash and Anna Nicole Smith's sobbing boyfriend were found in the Florida hotel room where the Playboy model died of an overdose three years ago, a police detective testified Thursday.
Detective Katherine Frank was the first witness to take the stand in the trial of Smith's lawyer-boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, and two doctors who are accused of conspiring to supply the model with vast amounts of powerful opiates and sedatives. They are not accused of causing her death.
All three have pleaded not guilty.
Smith, 39, was found dead in the Hollywood, Fla., room in February 2007. Frank testified that shortly after her body was found and taken away, Stern fell to his knees in the room and began crying.
The detective said the duffel bag contained more than $8,000 in cash.
Smith's bodyguard, Maurice Brighthaupt, who was one of the last people to see her alive, told police that he was owed the money and demanded they hand it over but they refused, Frank testified.
Frank's testimony came on the heels of compelling opening statements Wednesday by a prosecutor and three defense attorneys who disputed whether it's a case of three scheming conspirators feeding drugs to an addict, or a love story of three caring people
dedicated to helping Smith overcome her chronic pain.
Superior Court Judge Robert Perry has said Smith's cause of death is not an issue in the trial of Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich.
The bodyguard, Brighthaupt, previously said he saw Stern and Eerosevich giving Smith drug injections, a claim that Stern's lawyer says is false.