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Oct 30, 2009 4:12 PM by Associated Press

Judge orders trial in Anna Nicole Smith drug case

A judge has ordered Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and two doctors to stand trial on charges of illegally funneling prescription drugs to the former Playboy model.

The ruling Friday in Los Angeles follows a three-week preliminary hearing to determine if there was enough evidence to try Howard K. Stern, Dr. Sandeep Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich. All three pleaded not guilty.

The hearing delved deeply into Smith's troubled life and the role the defendants allegedly had in feeding her drug addiction before she died of an accidental overdose in 2007.

Prosecutors tried to show the doctors blurred the line between being physicians and friends to the celebrity model.

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