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.
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.
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