Murray Pleads Not Guilty in Manslaughter Case
Doctor Conrad Murray was in a California court this morning for his arraignment and official charges of manslaughter in the death of pop singer Michael Jackson. This is the first hearing that has been held since the judge in the case determined that there was enough evidence to continue with a trial in the case.
Murray stands accused of causing Michael Jackson’s death in his home by overdosing the pop sensation with the powerful sedative known as Propofol. The drug is most commonly used in hospitals for sedating patients that are undergoing surgery. Murray contends that he was not responsible and says that Jackson woke up and injected himself with the medication while Murray was out of the room.
Murray says that Jackson was using the medication for chronic back pain. However, that is considered an off label use of the medication and that is getting Murray into even more trouble with the law.
The hearing was delayed this morning after security guards found a dead body on the grounds of the courthouse. The body was discovered during the morning rounds that are carried out to remove the homeless people that are sleeping on the benches outside. Police were called and they do not believe that there was any foul play but rather that the man died in his sleep.
Murray now faces a complete trial. His attorneys have already set the stage for the suicide defense and they plan to call plenty of witnesses that will back the story.
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