Cardiologist Conrad Murray is about to face the music for his role in Michael Jackson’s death.
According to E! News, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has ordered Conrad to stand trial for one count of involuntary manslaughter. The doctor is accused of giving the King of Pop deadly amounts of propofol, a powerful sedative.
After last week’s hearing, which members of Michael Jackson’s family attended, the judge also wants Conrad’s medical license suspended immediately.
"Circumstances have changed," the court official explained yesterday afternoon. "They have changed dramatically. There are extraordinary circumstances that mandate my approving the request of the [California] Medical Board. Overall consideration is the protection of the public. The continued practice by Dr. Murray does pose an imminent danger to the state of California."
Reportedly 20 witnesses testified for the prosecution last week, including two doctors who stated that Conrad violated his duties as a medical professional when he gave the singer too much propofol. The doctors also went on record saying that Conrad should be charged with homicide, based on his actions.
Conrad’s legal team didn’t call any witnesses to his defense, but the cardiologist’s attorneys did argue that he was actually in the process of weening Michael Jackson off of propofol before the singer’s death.
A statement released by the executors of the pop icon’s estate read, "The judge’s ruling ordering Dr. Murray to stand trial for the death of Michael Jackson is perfectly appropriate given the testimony in this case."
Los Angeles District Attorney David Walgren moved to increase Conrad’s bail from $75,000 to $300,000, but the judge denied the request.
Arraignment in Conrad’s case is slated to begin January 25 at 8:30 a.m. PST.
– Sonya Eskridge