Murray Pleads Not Guilty

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 3:16pm

Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, is to be arraigned today on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for the death of the singer.

It's been 19 months to the day since Michael Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic Propofol.

Today Dr. Conrad Murray was arraigned on an involuntary manslaughter charge for pop star's death.

The proceedings were quick.

Dr. Murray pleaded not guilty to the single count of involuntary manslaughter.

As the case goes to trial Murray stands to lose his freedom and his livelihood.

Prosecutors claim Murray did not give Jackson proper medical care and should be held responsible.

After six days of testimony during the preliminary hearing the judge said there was enough evidence for Murray to stand trial.

During the hearing it was revealed that Murray had been giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic Propofol six days a week for months leading up to his death.

Witnesses also testified about those critical moments before Jackson died.

A security guard told the judge that Murray had asked him to hide medications before calling 911.

Prosecutors contend that Murray waited up to 21 minutes before calling paramedics.

Murray's attorneys hinted that Jackson may have given himself the lethal dose when Murray left the room, but the coroner has said that was highly unlikely.

The judge has already suspended Murray's license to practice medicine in California.

If convicted he could face four years in prison and would never be allowed to practice medicine again.

Members of the Jackson family have vowed to be in court for the high-profile trial, every step of the way.

The judge has set a March 28th trial date for jury selection to begin.

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