Murray in Court

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 - 10:17am

Doctor in charge of Michael Jackson's health could face trial for his death.

The doctor at the center of the investigation into Michael Jackson's death was in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing that could lead to a manslaughter trial.

Dr. Conrad Murray denies his involvement in treating Michael Jackson lead to the King of Pop's death, but prosecutors say his actions to cover-up the death prove his negligence.

Katherine Jackson arrived with other Jackson family members at the front entrance of the LA County Courthouse while Dr. Murray was ushered in through an underground garage.

No cameras were allowed in court as the proceedings began.

The judge will hear evidence to determine if Dr. Murray will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Members of the Jackson family are not expected to take the stand.

Prosecutors will call more than two dozen other witnesses including the Jackson body guard who called 911 on the day the pop star died.

"The prosecution's opening statement made it very clear where this case is headed," says NBC Legal Analyst Royal Oakes. "It's all about the cover-up. The idea that Dr. Murray would wait nine-21 minutes before calling for life-saving help while he scooped up Propofol bottles, that's the core of the case."

Prosecutors also plan to call medical experts to testify that Murray did not give Jackson proper medical care after he went into cardiac arrest.

"If the defense tries to bring this cocktail of medication in there, they want to be able to prove that the Propofol killed him, the Propofol would never been administered outside of a hospital and because of that happened Michael Jackson died," says former prosecutor Robin Saks.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter.

Sources say the defense will raise questions about who administered the lethal dose hinting, that Jackson may have injected himself.

The LA County coroner has said the evidence does not support that theory.

The preliminary hearing is expected to last up to two weeks and if convicted Dr. Murray could face up to four years in prison.
 

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