Dr. Conrad Murray Receives Preliminary Hearing Date
On Monday, August 23, Murray faced Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Pastor, who handed down a January 4, 2011 date for a preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there is enough sufficient evidence for a full scale trial.
The 57-year-old cardiologist has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter, after admitting to having administered the powerful anesthetic Propofol to Jackson, which the singer used as a sleep aid.
Murray’s legal team did make one positive step in their defense, however, by winning a request to obtain a fluid sample from Jackson’s body, in order to analyze the levels of Propofol found in the deceased singer’s system, and potentially disprove the prosecution’s claims that Jackson died as a result of the drug.Both Jackson’s mother and father, Katherine and Joseph were in court Monday, sitting in the front row as the Judge set the hearing date. Outside the courthouse, a crowd Jackson fans reportedly sang taunting songs and held up signs accusing Murray of murder.
Murray faces up to 4 years in prison if found guilty.