Looks like someone’s not aiming for a plea deal—Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded “not guilty” this morning to charges of involuntary manslaughter. “I’m an innocent man, Your Honor,” he said, according to TMZ. “I definitely plead not guilty.” Murray is accused of criminal negligence in connection to the Propofol overdose that killed Michael Jackson, and could spend up to four years in prison if found guilty.
Though Murray’s lawyer claims Jackson could have administered the final dose himself while Murray was out of the room, the DA is arguing that, since the doctor knew the strength of Propofol and the extent of MJ’s addiction to painkillers, leaving the singer alone with the hospital-strength drug makes him liable either way. His bizarre behavior upon finding Jackson—Murray’s accused of waiting 25 minutes to call 911—certainly suggests he knew he could get in trouble. Murray’s trial is scheduled to begin March 28th.
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