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Jurors shown photos of Smith before her death

September 14, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy trial were shown photographs Tuesday of the former model appearing beaming, affectionate and alert during three months when a prosecution witness claimed she was drugged and barely able to function. A defense attorney presented 90 pictures taken in late 2006, including shots of home life in the Bahamas.

Some were taken just after the birth of her daughter Dannielynn, a time prosecutors said her lawyer-boyfriend Howard K. Stern, Dr. Khristine Eroshevich and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor conspired to supply her with excessive medications.

All three have pleaded not guilty to the drug conspiracy charges, including providing excessive opiates and sedatives to an addict. They are not accused of causing Smith's death.

Nanny Quethlie Alexis previously testified that Smith was in a semiconscious state during the period when most of the photos were taken.

Alexis said she recognized some photos from a commitment ceremony with Stern on a boat. In other photos, Smith is in a bikini posing while on a fishing trip.

The prosecution countered with a few unflattering pictures. One was of Smith on the toilet during a time Alexis said she suffered from Diarrhea after she swallowed a bottle of medication.

Outside the presence of the jury, attorneys argued about introducing more images.

Judge Robert Perry said the photos did not support the prosecution argument that Smith was bedridden.

"The court sees serious credibility issues," Perry said.

Perry also reiterated his previous concerns about the case.

"I think this is a very unfocused prosecution," he said. "I have problems with the way the evidence is coming out."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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