Monday 19 February 2018

Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray to learn his fate today

Dr Conrad Murray. Photo: Getty Images
Dr Conrad Murray. Photo: Getty Images

Tom Lawrence

MICHAEL Jackson's personal physician Dr Conrad Murray will return to court today to be sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter of the pop legend.

Murray faces up to four years in jail after being found guilty by a jury who unanimously ruled he gave the superstar a fatal overdose of the anaesthetic propofol.

The hearing will be the first time Murray has been back to Los Angeles Superior Court since he was refused bail on November 7.

It is unclear if any of Jackson's family members will speak during the sentencing, which could also see the doctor lose his medical licence.

Prosecutors are said to be seeking the maximum prison term from trial judge Michael Pastor, while Murray's defence team will argue he should be granted probation because he is already facing a life of shame and diminished opportunities.

Before his death on June 25, 2009, Jackson was preparing to perform a series of farewell concerts at London's O2 venue, bowing out on an illustrious music career spanning several decades while aiming to restore his fortunes.

During Murray's six-week trial trial, the court heard he gave the powerful sedative to the singer to help him overcome his chronic insomnia.

Prosecutors said the use of the drug as a sleeping aid violated standards of care.

The court was told the "inept" 58-year-old doctor, who was due to be paid £150,000 a month for his role, caused the star's death through criminal negligence, depriving Jackson's children of their father.

Prosecutors also said that he botched resuscitation efforts and lied to other medical personnel about his actions.

Murray's lawyers had claimed Jackson self-administered the dose when the doctor left the room.

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