Dr. Conrad Murray will appear in court Monday to face charges he administered a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol to pop icon Michael Jackson. Dr. Murray’s legal team is reportedly prepared to argue a defense that Jackson killed himself accidently by injecting himself with an overdose of the drug.
Dr. Murray’s lawyers, however, claim that the reports they will blame Michael Jackson for his own death are untrue. “That is in no way indicative of what we are going to be presenting in court,” a spokesperson for Murray told Entertainment Weekly.
Court papers filed against Dr. Conrad Murray claim that his “reckless conduct led to the demise” of Michael Jackson while the singer was in his care. Deputy Attorney General Trina L. Saunders wants the judge in the case to suspend Murray’s medical license until the criminal case against the doctor is resolved.
The California Attorney General’s Office claims Murray’s “criminal conduct and reckless actions taken in the care and treatment of his patient M.J. make him a danger to the public.” Murray’s lawyers argue that the doctor needs to continue to practice medicine to pay his legal fees, saying that it would be “financially and personally devastating” if he is banned from treating patients.
The court hearing on Monday will determine whether there is enough evidence against Murray to proceed with a trial against the doctor for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, Murray could face up to four years in prison.
The family of Michael Jackson is outraged by Dr. Conrad Murray‘s not guilty plea to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar. Murray pled not guilty to the charge he caused Michael Jackson’s death in court on Monday.
“He’s lying. He’s guilty. Nobody was there but him,” Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, said at a press conference following Dr. Conrad Murray’s arraignment on Monday. “He’s just trying to save his own behind… He killed him.”
Dr. Conrad Murray, who served as Michael Jackson’s personal physician before his death, faces up to four years in prison if convicted on the charge of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death. He was released after arraignment on $75,000 bail.
Both sister La Toya Jackson and father Joe Jackson have stated theyÂ think Dr. Conrad Murray wasn’t the only guilty party involved in Michael Jackson’s death, although the entire familyÂ believesÂ he was the primary hand behind the singer’s demise and should have faced heftier charges. Joe Jackson, in particular, has hinted repeatedly that some of the blame should fall on those pushingÂ Michael JacksonÂ toÂ commit to a grueling schedule for the ‘This Is It’ tour.
“There’s other people, I think, involved with this whole thing,” Joe Jackson said on CNN’s Larry King Live. “He was afraid to even do all of these shows [in his planned tour], because he was afraid that he wouldn’t get a chance to finish all of the shows,” Joe Jackson said. “He couldn’t do all those shows back-to-back. Even his kids say that he had told them that he would be murdered.”
Michael was murdered, and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan,” La Toya Jackson said in a press statement. “There are other individuals involved, and I will not rest and I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.”
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office could file charges against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson within the next few days. Dr. Conrad Murray, whoÂ servedÂ as Jackson’s personal physician, is expected to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon’s death.
A lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray told the press Tuesday his client was prepared to surrender to authorities if charges are filed against him. The L. A. County District Attorney’s Office has not yet filed any charges against the doctor, but multiple sources are reporting they are close to doing so.
Dr. Conrad Murray has previously admitted to administering the powerful anesthetic propofol to Michael Jackson before the singer’s death. Jackson’s autopsy lists his cause of death as a “homicide” caused by “acute propofol intoxication” in combination with other drugs.
Attorney Brian Oxman, speaking on behalf of the Jackson family on CBS’ The Early Show, said a charge of involuntary manslaughter was not a harsh enough punishment for Dr. Murray. “That is just a slap on the wrist, and a slap in the face, because Michael Jackson was someone who we knew was in danger of being brought to his knees, brought to his death, by the use of these medications,” Oxman said.