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Eight months after the world lost musical great Michael Jackson, his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, has been charged with the pop star's death.
The District Attorney formally filed a misdemeanor count of involuntary manslaughter against Murray on Monday, claiming Jackson's personal physician with overmedicating the star with the anesthetic propofol, which ultimately led to his death. Murray could get up to fours years in prison if convicted.
The D.A. alleged that Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson... in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection."
Murray pleaded not guilty to the charge at his arraignment later that day in a courtroom filled with Jackson's relatives. Fans of the musical icon gathered outside the court, and taunted the doctor with screams of "murderer" and "justice for Michael" as Murray arrived. Inside, Judge Keith L. Schwartz said the case would be moved to the downtown criminal court due to security concerns, with a preliminary hearing set for April 5.
Murray's bail was set at $75,000 (which was posted later that day) and the judge restricted Murray's doctoring, specifically prohibiting him from prescribing or administering propofol or "any heavy sedatives" to his patients.
"I don't want you sedating people," Schwartz said.
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