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Prosecutors Want Four-Year Prison Sentence for Conrad Murray

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Prosecutors in the Conrad Murray case want a Los Angeles judge to sentence Michael Jackson's doctor to four years in prison, according to court documents filed last week.

Prosecutors also said they want Murray to pay $100 million to Jackson's children for profits lost when the King of Pop died in June of 2009.

Murray's defense team also filed court documents last week, asking the judge to sentence the doctor to probation.  Murray will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on Nov. 7, and has been in jail since then.

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Conrad Murray: I Didn't Know Michael Jackson Was an Addict

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Conrad Murray, who was convicted this week of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, believes the King of Pop misled him regarding his medical history.

In an interview with NBC's Today show taped before a verdict was reached in his trial, the doctor said he wishes that Jackson "would have been more forthcoming and honest to tell me these things about himself."

When Today's Savannah Guthrie asked Murray whether he thinks Jackson lied to him, he replied, "Definitely," then explained, "Certainly he was deceptive by not showing me his whole medical history, doctors he was seeing, treatments that he might have been receiving."

Murray, who was accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson, claims he did not know that the singer had an addiction problem.

Murray said it was difficult for him to be blamed for Jackson's death.

"I loved Michael too.  I'm as much of a fan as any of the others.  To be blamed for his death has not been an easy thing," he said.

More of Guthrie's interview with Murray will air on the Today show on Friday.  In addition, MSNBC will air a documentary on the case Friday.  Jackson's estate and various family members have criticized the cable network for scheduling the program.

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Jury to Resume Deliberations in Conrad Murray Trial

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial will resume deliberations Monday in Los Angeles.  The jurors ended their first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict.

Two former Michael Jackson bodyguards say the late pop star would not have wanted his personal physician to be on trial.

Javon Beard argues, "There's no way in hell that Dr. Conrad wanted to kill Mr. Jackson -- you know, why would he kill his paycheck?"

Another former Jackson bodyguard, Bill Whitfield, says of the entertainer, "He would never step into another courtroom again -- this trial brought him back into the courtroom -- his character was back into question."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol in 2009.  He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Prosecutor: Conrad Murray's Selfishness Killed Michael Jackson

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's children were left crying in despair and will grow up without their father because of the "gross criminal negligence" of his doctor, a prosecutor charged Thursday in his closing argument in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

Prosecutor David Walgren argued his case with a PowerPoint presentation in which he denounced Murray as a selfish and reckless physician who put his own needs ahead of Jackson's and Jackson's children.

"The evidence in this case is overwhelmingly, abundantly clear that Conrad Murray acted with criminal negligence, that Conrad Murray caused the death of Michael Jackson, that Conrad Murray left Prince, Paris and Blanket without a father," Walgren said.

"For them, this case doesn't end today or tomorrow or the next day," he said. "For Michael's children, this case will go on forever because they do not have a father. They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray."

"Michael Jackson trusted Conrad Murray. He trusted him with his life," Walgren said. "He trusted him with his own individual life and the future lives of his children, trusting that Conrad Murray, as he slept, would care for him so that in the morning he would awake to share a meal with his children."

"But Conrad Murray corrupted that relationship, and for that Michael Jackson paid with his life," he said.

Jackson's children were in the house on June 25, 2009 when Jackson died from a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Walgren described Jackson's great trust in his doctor and said that Murray betrayed the relationship of doctor and patient by allowing it to become a relationship between employee and employer.

"This relationship of trust that is so important between a doctor and a patient was grossly corrupted by the actions of Conrad Murray," Walgren said. "Conrad Murray marched forward, putting Conrad Murray first, not Michael Jackson first."

Earlier Thursday, court began with Judge Michael Pastor telling the five women and seven men on the jury that in order to acquit Murray of involuntary manslaughter, they must find that Jackson's death was due to an accident and not due to reckless behavior.

For the jurors to find Murray guilty, they must determine that he committed a lawful act with criminal negligence or failed to perform a legal duty with criminal negligence.

Criminal negligence involved acting in a reckless way that creates a high risk of death or serious injury or acting in a way that a reasonable person would not.

"You may not find him guilty of involuntary manslaughter unless you are convinced beyond a reasonable doubt, he failed to perform a legal duty," Pastor said.

Murray claims he was trying to wean Jackson off propofol as a sleep aid, and that his insomnia was exacerbated by Jackson's alleged addiction to the painkiller Demerol.

At the time of his death, Jackson was preparing for his "This is It" world tour, and exhaustion from that preparation also allegedly contributed to his insomnia.

Prosecutors argue that Murray acted recklessly by giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid at Jackson's home without back-up equipment, then botched CPR efforts, did not immediately call 911 and did not keep proper medical records.

The defense team contends that Jackson was responsible for his own death and gave himself the fatal dose of propofol when Murray left his bedroom.

If convicted, Murray faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.  

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Report: Conrad Murray Filming and Shopping Documentary

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Conrad Murray is still in the midst of an involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of Michael Jackson, but that reportedly hasn’t stopped the doctor from quietly filming a documentary that’s being offered to major TV networks, the New York Post reports.

Sources tell the newspaper Murray has sold the rights “to his story” to an unidentified production company that has been filming him as the trial progresses.  The source says the company is now shopping the documentary around to various TV networks for $1 million as part of a package deal that would also include a video diary and a sit-down interview with Murray.  It’s not known how much money Murray would get from any deal.

The source tells the Post, “A news division that pays for the documentary will end up with a side deal of getting the sit-down with Conrad.  It’s crafted in such a way for a news division that doesn’t pay for interviews.”

The report says the production company has already filmed a long interview with Murray in case he is found guilty and taken immediately into custody.

The Post says a CNN rep confirmed they were pitched the Murray package but passed on it.  Other sources tell the newspaper NBC is close to making a deal.  A spokesman for Murray's legal team declined to comment on the story.

Murray faces up to four years in prison if found guilty of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol prior to the singer's death in 2009.

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Conrad Murray Will Not Testify in Michael Jackson Case; Defense Rests

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician at the time of his death, will not testify at his manslaughter trial, ABC News has confirmed.

Initially, it was unknown if Murray would take the stand, but the decision has just been made and the defense has rested.  The prosecutors will now examine the case and decide if they'll call rebuttal witnesses.

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol.  He's pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Will Dr. Conrad Murray Take the Stand at Michael Jackson Death Trial?

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With the end of his involuntary manslaughter trial almost at hand, Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, may yet take the stand in his own defense.

After Murray’s lawyers told the court they expect to conclude the evidence phase of the trial Tuesday, Judge Michael Pastor again advised Murray of his right to testify.

He responded, “I understand,” and affirmed he realized that should he testify, he would be subject to cross examination by the prosecutors.

“I have not yet made this decision,” Murray said.

When asked why not, Murray said he was still “waiting to see how the case goes.”

Pastor said he will give Murray until Tuesday to decide.

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Propofol Expert Claims Michael Jackson Gave Himself Fatal Injection

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The final defense witness in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor was an expert in the anesthetic propofol who told the court Friday that he believes the pop star gave himself a fatal injection of the drug.

Dr. Paul White also said he saw no evidence of the prosecution's theory that Jackson died from an overdose of propofol administered through an IV drip that was set up by Dr. Conrad Murray.

But he also said that Murray should not have left the room with Jackson under the influence of propofol.

White was the last witness for Murray, who the prosecution blames for Jackson's death by giving him too much propofol and not properly monitoring Jackson while administering propofol.

The defense team contends that Murray was trying to wean Jackson off of propofol. They allege Jackson wanted propofol because he was suffering from insomnia brought on by withdrawal from the painkiller Demerol.

At the time of his death, Jackson was preparing for his "This is It" world tour, and exhaustion from that preparation also allegedly contributed to his insomnia.

White is not through testifying, though. He is expected to be called back to the stand and aggressively cross examined by prosecutors when the trial resumes Monday morning.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Wednesday.

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More Details Emerge of Michael Jackson's Life

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The final witness in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor is scheduled to take the stand Thursday in the four week long trial that has shed as much light on Jackson's odd and often secretive life as it did on his untimely death.

In the last days of the trial, Jackson was heard complaining about his wandering life that had taken him from his Neverland Ranch to Bahrain, France and back to a series of homes in California.

He told Brandon "Randy" Phillips, CEO of AEG Live and the promoter for Jackson's "This Is It" tour, that he was tired of making his three children live like "vagabonds."

Jackson, who was preparing for a 31-show concert tour, was approached by Phillips about extending the tour to 50 shows, Phillips told the jury.

The king of pop quickly replied that he would consider the expanded schedule under a couple of conditions. One of those conditions was that he be provided with an estate outside of London with 16-plus acres, running streams, and horses, Phillips said.

"The primary reason was that he wanted to finally settle down and get a really, really good home for the kids so they weren't living like vagabonds. He was tired of living like that," Phillips said.

One thing that didn't change about the flamboyant Jackson was his desire to be recognized. His other condition was to have the Guinness Book of Records be present at his 50th concert, "because he knew this was a feat that no performer would ever be able to beat," the AEG executive said.

Earlier in the trial, other revelations emerged ranging from how Jackson slept with a urinary catheter each night to his use of oxygen tanks, skin-bleaching creams, his use of aliases and his refusal to use telephones.

It remains to be seen, however, whether the defense testimony shored up Dr. Conrad Murray's claim that Jackson was responsible for his own death by allegedly giving himself a dose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol while Murray was out of the room on June 25, 2009.

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Conrad Murray's Former Patients Testify He Is a Good Doctor

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Conrad Murray was emotional at his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles Wednesday, dabbing his eyes as former patients of his testified that he was a caring doctor.

The patients' statements were part of the defense team's strategy to paint Michael Jackson's doctor as a quality cardiologist unmotivated by money.

One of the patients, Gerry Causey, said Murray treated him for a heart attack 11 years ago and that they are close friends.  He said he was drawn to Murray because of "the way he cares for you and the way he makes you feel, his concern and the love he has for you."

Another patient, Andrew Guest, said he agreed to talk to the media about Murray because he wanted to show his support for the doctor.

Guest said, "I appreciate his kindness, his caring and I'm alive today because of that man."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol prior to the singer's death.

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