Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Jackson doctor must stand trial

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

A judge has ordered the personal physician of Michael Jackson to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter over 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 Jackson 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.

Jackson's family and fans have contended the doctor should be tried for murder. During the hearing, a plane flew over the courthouse trailing a banner with Jackson's image that read, "Change the Charge to Murder".

Jackson's mother, Katherine, seated in the courtroom, dabbed at her eyes during testimony. The famous Jackson siblings - Janet, Jackie, LaToya, Randy and Rebbie - were present every day along with their parents.

Meanwhile, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor granted a request by the California Medical Board to suspend Dr Murray's licence to practice in the state. The judge said he took the action involving the licence in the interest of public safety.

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz