The Conrad Murray trial resumes today on charges of involuntary manslaughter over Michael Jackson’s death. It is also the first time for the physician to give his account of the singer’s drug overdose on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. The courtroom will hear every twist and turn that took place hours before the entertainer died at his Los Angeles home in 2009.
The case of the People v Conrad Robert Murray is taking place at Los Angeles Superior Court. Many members of the Jackson family, including his parents Katherine and Joe, along with an expected media circus are in attendance. In court lawyers, who will quickly become household names themselves, will focus on the role of the drug propofol, a powerful anaesthetic intended only for use in hospitals. Evidence about Michael’s use of propofol is expected to dominate the trial.
The trial will reveal how the singer called it his “milk” and used it to relieve his insomnia. Murray, 58, a Houston cardiologist, had been hired six weeks before his death, for $150,000 a month, to act as his personal physician while he rehearsed for his 50-night “This Is It” comeback tour.
The prosecution will claim that Conrad was grossly negligent in giving Michael the propofol at home in Los Angeles without proper lifesaving equipment available, and that the doctor left the room before returning to find his patient not breathing.
Defense lawyers will claim the singer, desperate for sleep, administered an additional dose of the drug himself when his doctor was out of the room. The physician has previously told police that he had been trying to wean him off propofol and gave him only a minimal dosage, then left the room for five minutes to use the bathroom. However, mobile phone records suggest he was making phone calls for a longer time.
Witness testimony and evidence will be heard during the trial from an array of medical experts, pathologists, paramedics and police officers. The defendant has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in jail if convicted.