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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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Pharmacist Testifies He Sent Large Amounts of Propofol to Dr. Murray

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary involuntary manslaughter hearing continued Monday in Los Angeles, where a pharmacist took the stand and leveled new allegations against Michael Jackson's former personal physician.

Pharmacist Tim Lopez said Dr. Murray ordered 255 vials of the powerful anesthetic propofol, the drug that reportedly killed the singer.  The order was so large, Lopez believed it was for use by Murray's entire clinic.  Lopez testified Murray never mentioned the King of Pop was his only patient.  The pharmacist also said Murray insisted he ship the powerful drug to him via FedEx.

Los Angeles Police Detective Orlando Martinez also took the stand, testifying that Dr. Murray admitted giving Jackson propofol at least six nights a week for the two months before Jackson died.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, after Murray gave him propofol, which is usually used to render patients unconscious before surgery, as a sleep aid.  Murray's defense lawyers insist the amounts Murray gave the pop icon weren't enough to kill him.

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Prosecutor Says Doctor's Defense Will Argue Michael Jackson Killed Himself

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Defense attorneys for Michael Jackson's former doctor, who's been charged in connection with the King of Pop's death, will argue that Jackson killed himself, according to a Los Angeles prosecutor.

KTLA-TV reports that Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren made the claim during a hearing Wednesday in Los Angeles in the Dr. Conrad Murray case.  He said, "I do think it's clear that the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself."

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan didn't comment to reporters outside of court regarding potential strategies by Murray's defense team.  However, inside the courthouse, Flanagan said Jackson's system contained a far greater amount of the powerful anesthetic propofol than Murray says he gave the singer. 

Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication.

Wednesday's hearing focused on who should test residue from two syringes found in Jackson's bedroom.  A preliminary hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence to put Murray on trial will begin Jan. 4.  He's pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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