Michael Jackson Trial: Dr Conrad Murray on Trial
Michael Jackson’s trial is underway with Dr Conrad Murray charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Michael Jackson died on the 25th June 2009 after falling unconscious in his bedroom. Dr Conrad Murray was in attendance at the time, in his capacity as Michael Jackson’s physician, and tried to revive the star with CPR. He later died in hospital.
The Los Angeles police interviewed Dr Murray a few days later over Michael Jackson’s death and a month later his house and clinic were raided as authorities looked for evidence of manslaughter.
In Feb 2010 Dr Conrad Murray was officially charged with involuntary manslaughter, he pleads not guilty and is released on bail.
The Michael Jackson trial got underway on the 27th September 2011 and has been broadcast on American TV networks reminiscent of the OJ Simpson case in 1995.
Prosecutors have alleged that Dr Murray gave Michael Jackson a lethal dose of propofol and acted with gross negligence. Dr Murrays defence lawyers are claiming that Michael Jackson himself administered the lethal dosage.
At the time Michael Jackson was rehearsing for what was intended to be his final live concert performances in London with tickets in high demand and selling out in hours. It’s thought that financial worries were behind the decision to go on tour again.
He was rehearsing at the staples centre in LA (footage was later released on DVD as This is It) until late at night. On the night before his death he was working until after midnight. Shortly after noon the next day he was discovered by Dr Conrad Murray lying on the floor unconscious.
The events that occurred between those two times are what this trial is all about and it is not an easy case for either side to argue. Strong evidence either way has been difficult to come by.
Michael Jackson Trial: Dr Conrad Murray. Are you watching or not?
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