Dr Conrad Murray has been ordered to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor in the case of the death of Michael Jackson. His license to practice in California has been suspended too, according to the Ilatimes.com.
A high profile trial is on the cards now after the preliminary hearings determined that there was sufficient evidence to support a possible finding of guilt at trial. Murray's defense attorney and prosecutors declined to comment on the ruling to the press.
A number of witnesses came forward and testified to the negligence on the part of the doctor in calling the emergency number 911 on time. They testified that the doctor administered the powerful anesthetic propofol and other drugs and left Michael Jackson unattended for a crucial period of time.
One of the witnesses, Dr. Christopher Rogers, chief of forensic medicine for the Los Angeles County coroner, testified that Michael had a strong heart and was mostly healthy. He emphasized that propofol was used as an insomnia drug whereas it can be used only in hospital settings as an anesthetic. He said the care given to Jackson was sub-standard, according to TMZ.com.
Michael’s family attended the hearing. LaToya Jackson and Randy Jackson said they were satisfied with the way the case was going.
If found guilty, Dr Conrad Murray faces a four-year-jail term.