New details in Anna Nicole Smith case scheduled

LOS ANGELES (AP) - October 13, 2009 A preliminary hearing opens Tuesday focusing on Smith's former lawyer-boyfriend Howard K. Stern and two doctors linked to 44 different prescription drugs she took toward the end of her life.

Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristina Eroshevich stand accused of conspiring to illegally provide Smith with controlled substances. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Medical experts and pharmacists also are expected to testify along with the model's friends and associates.

At the end of the two-week hearing, a judge will rule if there is enough evidence to order the three to stand trial.

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