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On November 7, a Los Angeles jury in the well-publicized criminal trial Dr. Conrad Murray
found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter
for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009. Dr. Murray will remain in custody pending his November 29 sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and likely the loss of his medical license.
Following a seven-month investigation, Michael Jackson’s private physician, Dr. Murray, was formally charged with a violation of Penal Code 192(b) PC California’s involuntary manslaughter law. The complaint, filed by the county district attorney’s office, alleged that Dr. Murray in violation of , “did unlawfully and without malice kill Michael Joseph Jackson
, a human being, in the commission of an unlawful act not amounting to a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.” More specifically, the violation was for administering a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to Jackson, which led to the singer’s death.
Despite a lengthy investigation and trial, the jury only took a day-and-a-half to come back with a guilty verdict. Jury members are now able to discuss the case with the public, however, California law prohibits them from profiting from discussion of the case for at least 90 days.
Although it is a serious felony
, involuntary manslaughter is the least severe of the possible homicide charges.
- during the commission of an unlawful act (not amounting to a felony), or
- during the commission of a lawful act which involves a high risk of death or great bodily harm that is committed without due caution or circumspection.
It is an unlawful killing that is done without malice or intent to kill, and the maximum prison sentence is four years.
Hopefully with the news of the guilty verdict, Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans will be able to find closure after the King of Pop’s tragic and untimely death.
If you’re facing involuntary manslaughter charges or any other serious criminal offense,
contact the Orange County Criminal Law
firm of Don Ho, LLP immediately for assistance on building your defense.