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Anna Nicole Smith: Verdict in Trial of Boyfriend and Doctors

Anna Nicole Smith: Verdict in Trial of Doctors and Boyfriend
Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole Smith (AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP)  A jury has convicted Anna Nicole Smith's psychiatrist Khristine Eroshevich and boyfriend Howard K. Stern of conspiracy counts but acquitted the doctor who prescribed drugs for her of all charges.

The verdicts came after 58 hours of deliberations.

The only conviction against Stern was for giving false names and acting by fraud to obtain prescriptions.

Eroshevich was also convicted of unlawfully prescribing Vicodin by fraud.

The jury acquitted defendant Dr. Sandeep Kapoor of all charges.

On Wednesday, the jury submitted two questions to the judge indicating it was struggling to reach a decision on at least one of the counts.

Jurors asked what they should do if unable to reach a verdict on "a count or an object crime." They also asked whether it would be correct to conclude that if prescriptions to Smith were written in excessive amounts, "Does it follow that the prescriptions also have no legitimate medical purpose?"

After reading the written notes from the jurors, Superior Court Judge Robert Perry told them they should not hesitate to declare a hung jury if they can't agree on verdicts.

Smith's longtime boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern and Drs. Sandeep Kapoor and Khristine Eroshevich all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, excessive prescribing of opiates and sedatives to an addict, and fraudulently obtaining drugs by using false names.

They were not charged in Smith's 2007 overdose death.