Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges Monday, following the death of his patient, pop superstar Michael Jackson, last June. According to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office, Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide by drug overdose with Dr. Murray administering the music legend the powerful anesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to help him sleep.
Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz released Dr. Murray on $75,000 bail, ordered him to turn in his passport and return to court April 5 to set a date for his preliminary hearing.
Following the hearing, LaToya Jackson issued a statement expressing her belief that Michael had been murdered and others were involved in his death:
“I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.”
Joe Jackson expressed the sentiments as well on Larry King Live saying that Michael believed he was going to be murdered, although he would not elaborate.
Dr. Murray’s involuntary manslaughter charge alleges Murray “did unlawfully and without malice kill Michael Joseph Jackson”. If convicted, Murray, who’s currently out on bail, could face up to four years in prison.