.

Dr. Conrad Murray Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in Michael Jackson's Death

February 8, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Nearly eight months after Michael Jackson died due to "acute Propofol intoxication," the singer's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter by the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for his role in the King of Pop's sudden death on June 25th, 2009, CNN reports. In a press release, the D.A.'s office writes that Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson ... in the commission of an unlawful act, not 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." If found guilty, Murray faces a maximum four-year prison sentence.

Look back at Michael Jackson's life and career, in photos.

As Rolling Stone previously reported, Jackson's death was ruled a homicide after a toxicology report discovered that the powerful sedative Propofol and other sedatives ultimately caused Jackson to go into cardiac arrest. Investigators have long accused Murray of using "gross negligence" in administering Propofol to Jackson, because the sedative is meant to be used strictly in hospital settings for patients recovering from surgery. In interviews with police, Murray admitted administering Propofol to Jackson after the singer himself requested the sedative, which he dubbed "milk" because of its cloudy white appearance, to help his insomnia.

Charges were expected to be filed last week in the case, but a conflict between the District Attorney's office and the Los Angeles Police Department delayed the charges until today. Murray entered the Airport Court in Los Angeles to surrender to the LAPD just before 1 p.m. PST, where he was arraigned on the involuntary manslaughter charge. Murray pleaded not guilty to the charge. TMZ reports bail was set at $75,000, three times the usual bail in a case like this. Prosecutors originally sought bail of $300,000 because Murray was born outside the country and could be considered a flight risk. Murray was forced to give up his passport as part of the terms of his bail agreement. Members of Michael Jackson's family were in attendance for the arraignment. According to the D.A.'s press release, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren will prosecute the case.

Visit all of Rolling Stone's Michael Jackson coverage.

Related Stories:
No Charges for Jackson Doctor Yet; Conrad Murray Expected to Surrender to Cops
Source: Dr. Murray Likely to Face Manslaughter for Jackson Death
Michael Jackson's Death Officially Ruled Homicide

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com