The lawyer for [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] doctor Conrad Murray announced Friday (April 16) that there will be no plea bargain in his client's involuntary-manslaughter case, according to The Associated Press.
No matter what Deputy District Attorney David Walgren presents, attorney Ed Chernoff contends that "plea bargains are for guilty people." Chernoff also expressed concerns about the jury remaining impartial in a case regarding a revered entertainer.
Murray, a 57-year-old cardiologist, previously pleaded not guilty to the involuntary-manslaughter charges brought up against him in Jackson's death. Murray gave the singer anesthetic propofol and other drugs, as indicated by the autopsy report.
Murray's bail was set at $75,000 bail, nearly triple the amount set for comparable crimes. Walgren is attempting to prove the doctor demonstrated gross negligence when he gave the singer propofol to help him sleep.
More specific evidence might come to light at the June 14 preliminary hearing. Murray continues to declare his innocence, and Chernoff reasons that nothing that he gave Jackson "should have" resulted in death.
"You may find after you are done watching the trial that it is not nearly as cut-and-dried as has been presented," Chernoff told the AP. "One thing that simply will never be the truth is that Dr. Murray pumped a bunch of drugs into Michael Jackson and walked out of that room. He's not that kind of guy."
Murray admitted to police that he administered those drugs to help Jackson sleep and subsequently left his bedside. Cell phone records reveal that Murray made at least three personal calls around that time. A Jackson employee who said he was present in the hospital room told police that Murray interrupted CPR to collect drug vials.
Earlier this month, Los Angeles Judge Michael Pastor delayed the California State Attorney General's Office's motion to revoke Murray's medical license until the June hearing. Members of Jackson's family, including father Joe, mother Kathleen, sister Janet and brothers Randy and Jermaine, were in attendance.
Events and new developments surrounding the singer's sudden death have persisted for the past 10 months. Jackson died June 25 at the age of 50 in his rented Bel Air mansion mere days prior to a comeback tour in London. He had hired Murray to keep tabs on his health during the rehearsals.