Conrad Murray is finally getting his day in court, but it won't be until 2011 — some 19 months after Michael Jackson died of prescription medication overdose under his care.
Judge Michael Pastor set Jan. 4, 2011, as the preliminary hearing date in Murray’s manslaughter trial. Pastor made the announcement in front of Murray, who was in court Monday morning in a brown suit and red tie.
Sitting at the defense table, Murray seemed to actively avoid the gaze of Joe and Katherine Jackson, Michael's parents, who were also present. The hearing lasted a mere 20 minutes.
A late October status hearing was also set in anticipation of Murray's preliminary hearing. The January preliminary hearing is a virtual mini-trial to determine whether there's enough evidence to move forward.
As they’ve done in the past, a large contingent of Michael’s admirers — easily in the hundreds — and followers showed up at the downtown courthouse, including some who said they came from as far as Russia. They’ll have plenty of chances to air their grievances next year, as the actual trial is expected to stretch deep into 2011.
back in February. If found guilty, he could face up to four years in prison.
hearing, Judge Keith Schwartz stopped Murray's ability to administer certain sedatives like
Murray has continued his practice in Texas and Nevada, and has successfully fought off attempts by the state medical board to have his medical license removed. In a June 14 hearing, .
Since the last time Murray appeared in court, the case has seen the , his estate bring infrom the hit “This Is It” concert documentary and various licensing deals.
Also Since the June 14 hearing, Joe Jackson filed against the doctor. The senior Jackson, who was left nothing in Michael’s will, also ceased his action against the estate of his son for a monthly allowance.
That’s what the elder Jackson 5 member said when leaving the June Murray's the fall guy.”