Howard was cleared of two charges for conspiracy to supply Anna Nicole the drugs that lead to her untimely death in 2011. Now, he could be convicted on those charges after all!
The case surrounding Anna Nicole Smith‘s death continues, as the 2011 acquittal of Howard K. Stern, her former partner, on two felony conspiracy counts has been overturned in a California appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 18, TMZ reports.
Howard was originally charged with 11 felonies, most involving conspiracy to fuel Anna Nicole with drugs. Eight of the 11 drugs found in Anna Nicole’s body when she died on Feb. 8, 2007, were not prescribed to her, but to Howard. When the trial ended, the jury had convicted Howard of just the two felony counts, but the judge in the case threw out both convictions on grounds of insufficient evidence.
On Oct. 18, a California appeals court ruled that the trial judge was wrong, and sent the case back to the trial judge, who can now sentence Howard to prison. TMZ reports that there are four options for the judge now: 1. The judge could sentence Howard to years in prison, 2. The judge could go lenient and order probation, 3. The judge could reduce the felonies to misdemeanors, and 4. The judge could find a way to dismiss the whole case on other legal grounds.
Howard’s History With Anna Nicole
Howard acted as Anna Nicole’s manager and lawyer, until he married her on September 28, 2006, in a legally non-binding ceremony in Nassau, Bahamas. After Anna Nicole’s passing, Howard claimed to be the biological father of her daughter, Dannielynn, though another man, Larry Birkhead, claimed paternity, as well. In April of 2007, a Bahamian court ordered DNA testing and it was revealed that Larry was Dannielynn’s father.
Are you surprised that Howard’s acquittal was overturned, HollywoodLifers?