Howard K. Stern, Docs Facing Trial for Overmedicating Anna Nicole Smith
Fri., Oct. 30, 2009 2:02 PM PDT by Breanne L. Heldman
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The salacious Anna Nicole Smith details have only just begun.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert J. Perry ruled this afternoon that prosecutors have shown ample evidence for Smith's erstwhile sidekick Howard K. Stern and Drs. Khristine Eroshevich and Sandeep Kapoor to stand trial for 22 of their combined 23 drug-related felony charges.
"All the defendants have been held to answer on all counts and will stand trial except for [prescribing placebos]," court spokeswoman Vania Stuelp, tells E! News.
Over the course of the past three weeks, the judge has heard testimony from psychiatrists, pharmacists, bodyguards and even baby-daddy Larry Birkhead, all telling tales of the former beauty's drug abuse. To say it hasn't been pretty would be a severe understatement.
We all cringed at recollections of feces in a bed and floating in a pool after the star nearly drowned, not to mention descriptions of the infected abcess on Smith's rear end that may have exacerbated a bad reaction to her meds. There was tell of bathtub bathing with one doctor and makeout sessions with another.
It was all enough to make anyone say ew.
And it's just the beginning. The next hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11.
—Additional reporting by Whitney English