News: Preliminary Hearing Scheduled For Michael Jackson Doctor

“A preliminary hearing for the doctor charged over Michael Jackson‘s death will begin early next year, a judge said today. Los Angeles superior court judge Michael Pastor scheduled the hearing for Dr Conrad Murray [pictured above] during a brief court session today, at which Murray was present,” The Guardian reported yesterday.

Prosecutors will lay out some of their evidence at the preliminary hearing, which takes place on January 4th, whilst Murray’s defence lay out details of the case, with Pastor then deciding whether there is sufficient evidence to send Murray to a full-scale trial.

Officials have ruled that MJ, who passed on June 25th last year, died principally because of Propofol, an addictive anaesthetic, along eith other drugs including sedatives and painkillers.

The 57-year-old cardiologist has admitted giving the singer a powerful dose of Propofol before he died but pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter. The judge in the case ruled controversially in June that Murray could keep his California medical license, saying he did not have the authority to suspend it. —Guardian

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