Dr. Conrad Murray Will Not Testify in Court

Physician has opted not to speak in his own defense

November 1, 2011 6:05 PM ET
Conrad Murray
Dr. Conrad Murray, surrounded by his defense attorneys, looks on after the defense rested their case in his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of singer Michael Jackson
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Dr. Conrad Murray has elected not to testify in his own defense at his trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. "My decision is I will not testify in this matter," Dr. Murray told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor earlier today after being asked if he understood  that only he could decide whether he wanted to testify before the jury.

The defense for Dr. Murray is winding down after a week of testimony from character witnesses and medical experts. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges, but he faces a prison term and the loss of his medical license if he is convicted.

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