Dr. Conrad Murray to Stand Trial in Michael Jackson Death

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered Michael Jackson's doctor to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of the superstar singer. The ruling against Dr. Conrad Murray comes after six days of preliminary hearings.

Conrad is accused of giving Jackson a fatal overdose of propofol in June 2009. Murray admits he gave Jackson a small dose of the powerful anesthetic to help him sleep, and said that Jackson gave himself the dose that ultimately killed him when Murray left the room.

However, prosecutors said even if Murray's story is true, he should still face charges for not properly monitoring Jackson after giving him the initial dose. 

During closing arguments, defense attorney Joseph Low IV argued that the case should be dismissed because prosecutors didn't prove how Murray could have caused Jackson's death. He also said Jackson's health may have been a contributing cause.

Prosecutors dismissed that argument.

"In contrast to Mr. Low's comment, let me just say, it was not Michael Jackson's time to go," Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said. "Because of Dr. Murray's actions, Michael's children are left without a father."

Murray pleaded not guilty. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.