A judge has ordered Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, to stand trial over the singer's death. He also suspended the physician's licence to practise medicine in California. (Jason Redmond/Associated Press)
Los Angeles — Dr. Conrad Murray faces arraignment Tuesday morning on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Michael Jackson.
The hearing is expected to last just a few minutes with Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. Murray is expected to plead not guilty.
“Michael is not with us today because of an utterly inept, incompetent, reckless doctor, the defendant Conrad Murray,” Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said in his final arguments then.
While Jackson was Murray’s only and last California patient, Murray’s lawyer argued a suspension in one state would prompt Texas and Nevada, where he sees patients, to also take action.
Jackson had depended on propofol to put him to sleep almost every night in the previous weeks as he was preparing for his “This Is It” comeback concerts, but Murray began to wean him off the surgical anesthetic two nights earlier, Murray told police.
A civil lawsuit filed last year by Jackson’s mother against the company producing the concerts alleged that he had been warned a week earlier “that if Jackson missed any further rehearsals, they were going to ‘pull the plug’ on the show.”