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January 9, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
Michael Jackson's former personal physician hired a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney this week to help his existing legal team combat a potential manslaughter prosecution in the pop icon's fatal overdose last summer. Dr. Conrad Murray retained Glendale attorney J. Michael Flanagan on Tuesday, the physician's lead lawyer, Ed Chernoff, confirmed. Flanagan previously won a manslaughter acquittal for a nurse tried in what is believed to be the only other L.A. criminal case involving a death from propofol, the powerful anesthetic blamed in Jackson's June 25 death.
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February 4, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Jack Leonard and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
An attorney for Michael Jackson's doctor said he was in negotiations with a prosecutor Thursday morning about how the physician will surrender to face criminal charges in the pop icon's death. No case has been filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, but the Los Angeles County district attorney's office is expected to file an involuntary manslaughter charge and potentially other counts against him this week, said numerous sources familiar with the case. Murray's lead attorney, Ed Chernoff, said he and Deputy Dist.
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February 4, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
With a criminal case against Michael Jackson's physician imminent, law enforcement agencies spent Thursday in backroom squabbles over whether to arrest the doctor or allow him to surrender, sources familiar with the discussions said. No case has been filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, but the Los Angeles County district attorney's office is expected to charge him with involuntary manslaughter as early as Friday morning, two people involved in the matter said. Murray is prepared to turn himself in to authorities, hand over his passport and put up bail money, his lawyer said.
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August 27, 2009 | Kimi Yoshino
If Michael Jackson died from lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol, then he must have been injected with much more of the drug than his personal physician reportedly told police he gave the pop star, medical experts said. According to court records unsealed in Houston on Monday, Dr. Conrad Murray told police that he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol each night over a six-week period. In a three-hour interview with police two days after Jackson's death, Murray said he had been trying to wean the singer off the powerful anesthetic and, on the night of his death, gave him a combination of other sedatives before succumbing to Jackson's repeated demands for propofol.
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July 15, 2009 | Richard Winton and Jeff Gottlieb
As the paparazzi trailed his movements, a top Los Angeles County coroner's investigator probing the death of Michael Jackson went to the pop star's longtime dermatologist's office Tuesday to collect additional medical records. Coroner Assistant Chief Ed Winter visited Dr. Arnold Klein's Beverly Hills office after the physician failed to turn over records he had promised to provide to authorities earlier this month, said Craig Harvey, operations chief for the coroner's office.
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October 24, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson's friend and former physician testified Monday that the singer was searching for drugs to help him sleep two months before his death, "fearful" about his upcoming comeback tours in London. The testimony of Dr. Allan Metzger in the first day of Dr. Conrad Murray's defense offered the first glimpse of a portrayal of Jackson that Murray's attorneys had hinted at all along — a pop star under mounting pressure who was seeking medication to help him cope. Attorneys for Murray in the doctor's involuntary manslaughter trial have suggested that Jackson died by his own hand when he awoke from sedation and injected himself with the surgical anesthetic propofol and swallowed a second drug.
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February 6, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan, Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office will file a criminal case against Dr. Conrad Murray on Monday, authorities said, capping an eight-month police investigation into Michael Jackson's death and ending days of intense speculation about when the singer's personal physician would be charged. Official confirmation of an impending criminal prosecution in the Jackson matter came Friday in a press release in which the district attorney's office took the unusual step of announcing charges in advance.
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October 11, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
Michael Jackson could not have given himself the lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic that killed him, a medical examiner who performed the singer's autopsy testified Tuesday, dealing a blow to the defense argument that the singer died by his own hand. As the third week of testimony in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter case got underway, Dr. Christopher Rogers, an examiner with the L.A. County coroner's office, testified that it was the words of the defendant that led him to rule out a scenario in which Jackson gave himself the anesthetic propofol.
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February 9, 2010 | By Jack Leonard, Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim
Los Angeles prosecutors filed a long-anticipated involuntary manslaughter charge against Michael Jackson's personal physician Monday as the coroner's office made public a report concluding that the care the singer received in the final hours of his life violated accepted medical standards. Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist hired to care for Jackson during the pop star's ambitious comeback attempt last year, pleaded not guilty in a courtroom near Los Angeles International Airport packed with international media and members of the entertainer's family.
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September 29, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Jurors at the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician heard a 911 call Thursday that prosecutors allege was delayed by nearly half an hour by the doctor's attempts at a cover-up. "I need an ambulance as soon as possible," a Jackson security guard, Alberto Alvarez, told an emergency operator in the recording played at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial . Alvarez, who took the stand for prosecutors Thursday, told the operator a 50-year-old man had stopped breathing.
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