Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, who was with the King of Pop when he died, will have to stand trial for allegedly injecting Jackson with a fatal dose of drugs that led to his death.
Murray, 57, will face a jury on one count of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson’s June 2009 death from cardiac arrest. In the meantime, Judge Michael Pastor suspended Murray’s license to practice medicine.
Murray has pleaded not guilty. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted and could lose his license to practice medicine.
The ruling follows six days of testimony from more than 20 witnesses called by the prosecution to establish that the evidence warranted a trial, according to various news reports.
Murray allegedly injected Jackson with propofol, a potent anesthetic normally only used in a hospital setting to sedate patients during an operation. Jackson was using the drug as a sleep aid.
Among those who testified, two doctors said Murray violated standards of medical care after injecting the drug and others.
The doctors also discounted Murray’s potential defense, that Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose while Murray was out of the room. Even so, Murray was still responsible for his care, the doctors said.
Prosecutors also presented evidence that Murray delayed calling police or for medical assistance to hide evidence and that Jackson was already dead by the time he called.
Jackson was rehearsing for more than 50 scheduled shows at the O2 Arena in London when he died suddenly. The shows were just weeks away, leading to a dispute over the 50-year-old star’s physical condition.