January 07, 2011

Michael Jackson: Criminal court case opens against singers doctor, Conrad Murray

Preliminary hearings began Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, for the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor who allegedly gave Michael Jackson the fatal dose of Propofol, that killed the king of pop in June 2009.

Murray a 57-year-old cardiologist, has pleaded not guilty in the case, and there are reports that his lawyers will claim that there is a possibility Jackson himself - injected the lethal dose.

Jackson, 50, a chronic insomniac, was rehearsing to embark on a sold-out comeback tour, when concert promoters AIG hired Murray to be his personal physician and was being paid $150,000 a month to look after their golden cash-cow.

More than 30 witnesses are expected to take the stand at the preliminary hearings in which a judge will decide whether prosecutors can demonstrate the probable cause needed to bring the case to a full trial.

Members of Michael’s family including his mother Katherine and siblings La Toya and Jermaine Jackson were seen entering the court for the hearing.

Yesterdays proceedings layed out for the first time, the legal strategies in major detail to be used by the defence and the prosecution.

The court heard:

•Murray accused of performing 'a one-handed version of CPR'

•Jackson appeared unwell and 'really lost' in final days of rehearsal

•Murray’s legal team expected to claim singer injected himself with fatal dose

•Doctor failed to tell paramedics Jackson was on surgery-grade anesthetic

•Bodyguard claims singer's children were in the room as he died

Ivory Johnson, a Legal analyst with no connection to the trial said that because the burden of proof in such hearings is much lower than in regular trials, it was highly probable that the judge would give the go-ahead for a full trial to begin later this year.

Ivory Johnson, a Legal analyst with no connection to the trial said that because the burden of proof in such hearings is much lower than in regular trials, it was highly probable that the judge would give the go-ahead for a full trial to begin later this year.

Murray, if found guilty, faces only a maximum sentence of four years in jail. Involuntary manslaughter refers to a killing done without malice, where the accused fails to act with due caution.

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