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Monday
Jul022012

Prague Police Held Randy Blythe in Manslaughter Investigation

Steve Thorne/Redferns via Getty Images(PRAGUE) -- Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe could face manslaughter charges in Prague over the death of a fan at a concert in 2010, according to reports.

The heavy metal vocalist was reportedly taken into custody Wednesday after returning to the Czech capital for a show scheduled for Thursday, according to a statement from the band's publicist, which was posted by @LambofGodNews. The show was cancelled following Blythe's arrest.

Blythe, 41, is accused of causing injuries that led to a fan's death at a concert in May of 2010, according to reports. There were conflicting reports on whether he has been charged in the case.

"Under no circumstances was there a fight of any kind involved," the band's publicist wrote. "This incident deals with a fan that three times during the concert jumped the barricade and rushed Randy during the performance. It is alleged that the third time, security was not able to reach him and that Randy pushed him back into the audience where supposedly he fell and hit his head."

The charge is bodily injury resulting in death, and it carries a five to 10 year prison sentence, according to Novinky.cz, a Czech news website translated by ABC News.

Blythe posted bail and was released on Saturday, prompting the official @LambofGod twitter account to tweet, "RANDY IS [bleepin'] FREE !"

ABC News spoke to band manager Larry Mazer, who said he would have more information Tuesday.

Guitarist and band mate Mark Morton tweeted that he was back home -- presumably in Virginia, where the band hails from.

"I can't wait to give Randy a big bear hug & kiss his pointy, stubbly face!" Morton tweeted.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Trial for Michael Jackson's Doctor Postponed Until May

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, who's charged in the King of Pop's death, has been postponed for about one month, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Dr. Conrad Murray had requested a speedy trial, but a Los Angeles judge postponed it in order to allow both sides more time to share information with each another.  Opening statements in Murray's trial will not be heard until at least May 9, but the process of selecting a jury will still begin March 24.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol prior to the singer's death in June of 2009.

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Tuesday
Jan252011

Report: Michael Jackson's Former Doctor to Be Arraigned

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is scheduled to be formally arraigned Tuesday on involuntary manslaughter charges related to the singer's death in June 2009, according to AFP.

Murray will appear in Los Angeles Superior Court to be formally notified of the charges against him.  Murray is expected to plead not guilty.  A trial date has not yet been set.

Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in an attempt to get Jackson to sleep.  He's denied the charges and his defense attorneys have suggested that Jackson himself administered the fatal dose.  Prosecutors claim Murray "abandoned his patient" after administering propofol and then tried to cover up his actions after the singer died.

Two weeks ago, a preliminary hearing on the case ended when a Los Angeles judge ordered Murray to stand trial.  At that time, 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 at the hearing that Jackson appeared dead long before Murray ordered him to be taken to the hospital.  Two doctors also testified at the hearing that 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 worse.

Murray faces up to four years in prison and the permanent loss of his medical license if he is convicted.

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Wednesday
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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Tuesday
Jan112011

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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Friday
Jan072011

Paramedic Testifies on Day Three of Dr. Conrad Murray's Hearing

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's hearing, which will determine whether he will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, continued Thursday in Los Angeles with testimony from a paramedic who claimed the cardiologist snatched three bottles of painkillers and placed them in a bag on the day of the singer's death in June of 2009.

KABC-TV reports the paramedic, Martin Blount, also said Murray told the crew who responded to the scene that Jackson had been passed out about a minute before 911 was called.  Blount said he thinks Jackson may have been dead for at least 20 minutes by the time he'd arrived to the King of Pop's home, in part because the singer was cool to the touch.

Earlier in the week, another paramedic testified that he had doubts when Murray told him upon the paramedic's arrival that Jackson's condition had "just happened."

Dr. Richelle Cooper, who tended to Jackson in the emergency room on the day of his death, testified Thursday that Murray told her he'd given Jackson the sedative lorazepam.  She said he did not tell her he'd given Jackson any other drugs.  Murray is accused of giving Michael a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as well as other sedatives.

According to the Los Angeles Times, prosecutors on Thursday also presented records that showed Murray had 11 phone conversations and sent or received five text messages in an approximately five-hour span before he discovered Jackson had stopped breathing.  He placed calls to his clinics elsewhere in the country as well as to other parties.  He also called Jackson's personal assistant after Murray discovered what had happened to Jackson, and he contacted his girlfriend while in the ambulance.

Prosecutors are arguing that Murray wasn't sufficiently attentive to Michael in the hours before he died.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Dr. Murray Hearing Continues with Testimony from Guard, Paramedic

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On day two of Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing in Los Angeles, a security guard testified Wednesday that Michael Jackson's doctor ordered him to place medical vials into a bag after Murray found the singer lifeless on the day of his death.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Alberto Alvarez said he was also instructed by Murray to place an IV bag containing what Alvarez called a "milk-like substance" into a larger bag.  The powerful anesthetic propofol, which caused Jackson's death, is a white substance.

Afterward, Alvarez said, Murray told him to call for an ambulance.  As they received instructions from a 911 operator to perform CPR on Jackson, Alvarez said Murray told him, "You know, this is the first time I give mouth to mouth, but I have to do it, he's my friend."  Murray, who's a cardiologist, also was said to have called out if anyone knew how to administer CPR.

Alvarez also recalled Jackson's daughter, Paris, entering the bedroom and yelling, "Daddy!"  He said Murray then shouted, "Get them out!  Get them out!  Don't let them see their father like this."

Richard Senneff of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who responded to the scene, also took the stand on Wednesday.  The paramedic said that though Murray told him that Jackson's condition had "just happened," Senneff's gut feeling "at the time was this did not just happen, it's been a period of time."  He said Murray did not tell him at any point that he'd given Jackson propofol.

The ongoing hearing will determine whether Murray will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.  He's pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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