Michael Jackson’s Doctor Charged In Singer’s Death

Michael Jackson’s doctor has been charged with involuntary manslaughter over the singer’s death. Prosecutors said Dr Conrad Murray “did unlawfully and without malice kill Michael Joseph Jackson”.

He walked into the Los Angeles Superior Court to chants of “Murderer!” from the star’s fans. Jackon’s mum Katherine branded him a “monster” and dad Joe said the charge was “no more than a slap on the wrist”. But Murray, 56, denied the killing and was granted bail at $75,000 (£51,000).

The cardiologist was at Jacko’s rented LA home when he died on June 25 last year – a month before his sell-out comeback concerts at London’s O2 arena. Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted. The judge also said he cannot be in possession of, or prescribe, anaesthetics. “I do not want you sedating people,” he said.

Jackon’s parents and siblings La Toya, Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Randy, sat stonyfaced behind prosecutors.

According to affidavits, Murray admits giving the powerful anaesthetic propofol to the dad of three, 50, to help him sleep. The coroner’s report released to the court confirmed authorities found 11 vials of propofol in the house. It detailed the prescription drugs found in Jackson’s house, including anxiety drugs diazepam and lorazepam and insomnia drug Temazepam, all prescribed by Dr Murray.

The King of Pop’s death is said to have been caused principally by propofol and sedative lorazepam. A mix of other legal drugs were found in his body. Autopsy findings say at the time of his death he was in relatively good health. ‘The singer – whose hits include Beat It and Billie Jean – had asked promoters AEG Live to hire Murray as his personal physician.

But he quickly became the focus of the probe into Jackon’s death. Court documents reveal Murray told police he gave the drug just before 11am then went to the loo. When he returned he found Jacko unconscious and tried to revive him.

But an ambulance was not called until 12.21pm and Murray spent much of the time making mystery phone calls. Murray’s lawyer claims investigators got the times muddled.


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