Belfast Telegraph

Smith death room scene described

Drug bottles, a duffel bag full of cash and Anna Nicole Smith's sobbing boyfriend were found in the Florida hotel room where the Playboy model died of an overdose three years ago, a police detective has told a court.

Detective Katherine Frank was the first witness to take the stand in the trial of Smith's lawyer-boyfriend, Howard K Stern, and two doctors - Dr Khristine Eroshevich and Dr Sandeep Kapoor - who have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to supply the model with vast amounts of powerful opiates and sedatives.

Smith, 39, was found dead in the room in February 2007.

Frank testified that shortly after her body was found and taken away, Stern fell to his knees in the room and began crying.

"He was visibly shaken with reddened eyes, tears and trembling," Frank said.

The account was elicited by Stern's lawyer, Steve Sadow, who has said Stern was in love with Smith and all his actions were directed at trying to help her.

The detective said a duffel bag found in the room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel contained more than 8,000 dollars in cash.

Smith's bodyguard Maurice Brighthaupt told police he was owed the money and demanded they hand it over, but they refused, Frank testified.

Superior Court Judge Robert Perry has said Smith's cause of death is not an issue in the trial of Stern, Dr Eroshevich and Dr Kapoor. The defendants are not accused of causing Smith's death.

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