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Jury selected for Anna Nicole case

A jury is being chosen for the trial of Anna Nicole Smith's doctors and her boyfriend.

On Monday, prospective jurors are being questioned on everything from their own medical histories to what they think about the charges Dr Sandeep Kapoor, Dr Khristine Eroshevich and lawyer Howard K Stern are accused of.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to illegally provide the former Playboy model with massive amounts of opiates and sedatives. They are not charged over her 2007 overdose death in Florida.

Los Angeles Superior Court judge Robert Perry hopes to have a panel seated in two days. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday.

The judge said questionnaires filled out by prospective jurors show most of them know something about the model's life and death.

"I was a little disappointed with the responses to the question, 'What have you learned about the case?'" he said. "The answers were, 'Only what I saw on TV.'"

Perry said he won't allow testimony about the cause of Anna Nicole's death because it is not part of the charges.

The case took a new twist on Friday when Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose made the surprise announcement that she will allege that the model was a co-conspirator in the actions that brought the defendants to trial after her death. It was unclear how the claim could affect the case.

The judge said he found the new turn of events "remarkable".

Rose also said she would claim Stern's sister, Bonnie Stern, was another uncharged co-conspirator, helping to arrange deliveries of drugs to Anna Nicole in the Bahamas. A phone listing for Bonnie Stern could not be found.

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