Jackson's doctor pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson's doctor has been arrested and is being held on $75,000 bail after pleading not guilty to causing the pop star's death.

Dr. Conrad Murray, a Houston cardiologist who was with Jackson when he died June 25, entered his plea Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, just a couple of hours after he was charged.

Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz set Murray's bail at $75,000, three times more than what most people charged with involuntary manslaughter face. Prosecutors had been seeking $300,000 bail for Murray, who was arrested by sheriff's deputies but not handcuffed in public.

According to a five-page complaint filed in Superior Court, Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson" by acting "without due caution and circumspection."

The complaint contains no details on Jackson's death but authorities have said the singer died after Murray administered a powerful general anesthetic and other drugs to help Jackson rest. Murray has said he did nothing that should have caused Jackson to die.

If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

Soon after the charge was filed, several members of Jackson's family, including his mother and father; his brothers Jermaine, Randy, and Tito Jackson; and his sister LaToya Jackson arrived in a fleet of Cadillac Escalades at the courthouse, where hundreds of reporters and Jackson fans were gathered outside. "Looking for justice," was all Jackson's father, Joe Jackson, said as he walked past a crowd of reporters and into the courthouse.

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