Dr. Conrad Murray charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death

Courtesy of Rolling Stone:

Nearly eight months after Michael Jackson died due to “acute Propofol intoxication,” the singer’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office for his role in the King of Pop’s sudden death on June 25th, 2009, CNN reports. In a press release, the D.A.’s office writes that Murray “did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson … in the commission of an unlawful act, not a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.” If found guilty, Murray faces a maximum four-year prison sentence.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide after a toxicology report discovered that the powerful sedative Propofol and other sedatives ultimately caused Jackson to go into cardiac arrest. Investigators have long accused Murray of using “gross negligence” in administering Propofol to Jackson, because the sedative is meant to be used strictly in hospital settings for patients recovering from surgery. In interviews with police, Murray admitted administering Propofol to Jackson after the singer himself requested the sedative, which he dubbed “milk” because of its cloudy white appearance, to help his insomnia.

Charges were expected to be filed last week in the case, but a conflict between the District Attorney’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department delayed the charges until today. Murray entered the Airport Court in Los Angeles to surrender to the LAPD just before 1 p.m. PST, where he was arraigned on the involuntary manslaughter charge. Murray pleaded not guilty to the charge. TMZ reports bail was set at $75,000, three times the usual bail in a case like this. Prosecutors originally sought bail of $300,000 because Murray was born outside the country and could be considered a flight risk. Murray was forced to give up his passport as part of the terms of his bail agreement. Members of Michael Jackson’s family were in attendance for the arraignment. According to the D.A.’s press release, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren will prosecute the case.

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  • Geraldine Hughes

    Conrad Murray gave Michael Jackson the propofol and then left the premises to meet with a call girl. When he returned, Michael was already dead. Everything he did afterwards was covering his tracks, including turning up the heater in the room (MJ hated to sleep with the heater on. He slept with the window fully opened and wouldn’t let anyone close it). That was done to keep the body warm.

    Also, the so-called alibi is coming from his girlfriend??? Who claims he was on the phone with her and then dropped it to give MJ CPR! The paramedics already stated that MJ was already dead when they arrived and speculated at least 2-4 hours.

    Also, why did Murray have his storage cleaned out at 9a.m.? Because MJ was already dead and he was covering his tracks at 9am.

    He should be charged with murder, not manslaughter.

  • Jason F

    No one wants to see a rich guy die, but shit happens get over it. The only good song he had was fucking thriller and that was almost 2 decades ago and was only good cause he had zombies in the video. lets see, he fondled some little boys and then died in his sleep? I dont see what the problem is.