Jurors in Anna Nicole case to resume deliberations

AP News
Posted: Oct 15, 2010 5:47 AM
Jurors in Anna Nicole case to resume deliberations

Jurors will be back in court Friday for a fourth day of deliberations in the Anna Nicole drug conspiracy trial.

The panel recessed Thursday without reaching a verdict after receiving clarification on two charges against Smith's boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern, which appeared to accuse Stern, a non-doctor, of prescribing medications.

The panel was told that if they find either Dr. Sandeep Kapoor or Dr. Khristine Eroshevich guilty of prescribing drugs unlawfully, they may then consider whether Stern aided and abetted them.

Jury instructions say a person who aids and abets is equally guilty of a crime.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to allegations they provided excessive opiates and sedatives to the former Playboy model. They are not charged in Smith's 2007 overdose death.