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Jan122011

Michael Jackson's Former Doctor Will Stand Trial for Manslaughter

Photo Courtesy - Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a six-day preliminary hearing ended Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge ordered Michael Jackson's former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, to stand trial on one count of involuntary manslaughter in the entertainner's 2009 death.

Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in an attempt to get Jackson to sleep.  Superior Court Judge Robert Pastor also granted a request to have Murray's license to practice medicine in California suspended.

Jackson's former bodyguards, as well as police detectives and paramedics testified that Jackson appeared dead long before Murray ordered him to be taken to the hospital.  Prosecutors wrapped their case after a pair of doctors declared Murray "acted outside the standard of medical care" in dispensing the drugs, then failed to provide proper care when things took a turn for the worst.

The defense chose not to call any witnesses, but revealed during the hearing its strategy at trial will apparently be to try to convince a jury that Jackson himself administered the fatal dose.

A hearing on Jan. 15 will determine when Murray will stand trial.

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