A judge has made the decision to delay the arraignment of Howard K. Stern for felony charges, following claims that he had conspired with two doctors to give Anna Nicole Smith hundreds of prescription drugs leading to her death in 2007.
The date is now changed to May 13 at Los Angeles Superior Court, said Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau. 40-year-old Stern, 61-year-old Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and 40-year-old Dr. Sandeep Kapoor will all enter their pleas.
During a press-conference, Stern’s lawyer said his client was looking forward to a jury trial so he could be found “not guilty.”
Continuing, he claimed, “Howard is innocent. Let me repeat, he is innocent.”
With doctors’ help, prosecutions over Stern claim that he provided Smith, an addict, with hundreds of dangerous drugs at which were also prescribed under false names, leading her to her death at 39, back in February of 2007.
Stern and the doctors have the chance up facing up to five years and eight months in prison if found guilty of their felony charges.