Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Jackson doctor must stand trial

Conrad Murray is to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

A judge has ordered the personal physician of Michael Jackson to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar.

The ruling against Dr Conrad Murray came after a six-day preliminary hearing in Los Angeles.

Authorities contend Dr Murray, 57, gave Michael a lethal dose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol mixed with other sedatives then failed to provide proper care.

Prosecutors concluded the hearing with testimony from two doctors who said Dr Murray acted outside the standard of medical care.

Both witnesses said that even if Jackson had self-administered the last dose of the anaesthetic, his death would be a homicide because of Dr Murray's actions.

The doctor has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have said he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.

Dr Murray could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor also granted a request by the California Medical Board to suspend the licence of Dr Murray to practise in the state.

Mr Pastor said he took the action involving the licence in the interest of public safety.

He said Murray's lawyers must notify every district in which he practises of the decision within 24 hours. Murray has clinics in Houston and Las Vegas.

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