Yesterday, Superior Court Judge David Wesley rejected Dr. Sandeep Kapoor’s defense motion to drop two charges in the case related to the death of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. Los Angeles prosecutors charged the trio of Kapoor, former attorney Howard K. Stern and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich with co-conspiracy for illegally providing Smith with a deadly mix of prescription drugs. With this denial, the case against Kapoor will proceed as scheduled later this month.
In 2004, Smith came under Kapoor’s care after he took over her prior physician’s practice. Kapoor’s questionable behavior started with prescribing the powerful, addictive opiate Dilaudid for six months after learning Smith cracked two ribs. Kapoor claims he prescribed pills to Smith before he met Dr. Eroshevich, and later refused to sign a prescription list Eroshevich handed him. He allegedly used a fictitious name for ANS’ prescriptions, but argues this act of “protection” does not support the drug charges.
Despite Kapoor’s plea of not guilty, the trial begins on August 4 and opening statements commence on August 5. Only time will tell what comes next!