By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Gil Kaufman
While many fans are still deciding what to make of Michael Jackson’s first posthumous single “Hold My Hand,” Conrad Murray, the late singer’s doctor, will appear in court on January 4 for one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. The court date will determine whether there is enough evidence against the physician to try him for the death of the pop singer and we want to know what you think.
Helmed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, the hearing is expected to last two weeks and feature testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, most of whom are medical experts. Jackson’s former choreographer Kenny Ortega is also rumored to testify, according to TMZ. Ortega is expected to testify that Murray said some “terrible things” during the meeting and displayed a lack of concern and respect for his patient, comments that could be “damaging” to Murray.
Prosecutors will attempt to show that Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge, was responsible for the singer’s death from an overdose of prescription drugs on June 25, 2009. Murray’s lawyers have said the doctor did inject the 50-year-old pop icon with the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol in an attempt to combat Jackson’s chronic insomnia, but that the dose “should have” not been enough to kill him.
Some fans have already voiced their opinion on whether the doctor should have his day in court.
“Straight to sentencing … UNDER THE JAIL!” tweeted @InfNYC.
“He killed MJ, death penalty,” said GMoneyizMe.
What do you RapFix readers think? Should Murray be tried in a full trial for the death of Michael Jackson?