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Conrad Murray to face full trial over Jacko death

By | Published on Wednesday 12 January 2011

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Somewhat faster than expected, US judge Michael Pastor has ordered that Dr Conrad Murray stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over the death of Michael Jackson. The doc is accused of negligently administering the drug that caused the cardiac arrest that in turn caused the late king of pop’s death in June 2009.

As previously reported, for the last week a preliminary hearing has been taking place in California to ascertain whether prosecutors had a strong enough case against Murray for a full trial.

Prosecutors presented various witnesses who alleged that, in the minutes and hours after Jackson’s death, Murray tried to cover up the fact he had given the singer the dangerous drug Propofol, implying the doctor knew he had been negligent to do so. The prosecution also claimed Murray failed to properly monitor Jackson after administering the drug, and failed to call emergency services quick enough once the singer’s condition took a turn for the worse.

It was thought the preliminary hearing could run for another week, but the prosecution wrapped up their case yesterday, and the judge then quickly denied a motion filed by the defence to have the whole case dismissed. A full trail will now take place at a date to be determined. Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Deputy Attorney General, who represents the Medical Board Of California, has asked the judge to suspend Murray’s license to practice medicine with immediate effect.



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