Harold Schueler, the coroner's chief toxicologist in Broward County, Fla., testified Wednesday that Smith was suffering from a bacterial infection before she died.
He says that could have affected her sensitivity to drugs she received for pain, anxiety and sleeplessness. The testimony came during questioning by a lawyer for Smith's former attorney-boyfriend, Howard K. Stern.
A preliminary hearing is under way to determine if Stern and two doctors should stand trial on charges of conspiring to illegally provide Smith with controlled substances before her death.
Get Action News on your website
Follow Action News on Facebook
Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.