Jurors in Anna Nicole case end first week of talks

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Posted: Oct 15, 2010 7:55 PM
Jurors in Anna Nicole case end first week of talks

Jurors have ended their first week of deliberations in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial without reaching a verdict.

The six women and six men are scheduled to resume their talks on Monday. They had a short week of deliberations because Monday was a court holiday. But they spent about 20 hours of deliberations over four days talking behind closed doors.

They are considering a wide array of charges against Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Howard K. Stern who are accused of providing Smith with excessive prescription medications while knowing she was an addict.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty. Their lawyers argued that the former Playboy model was not an addict and the defendants were trying to help her find relief from chronic pain. They are not charged in Smith's 2007 overdose death.