A year and a half after MJ’s not-so-accidental-looking death, Dr. Conrad Murray is finally feeling some real consequences.
According to TMZ, a Cali judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to take the case against Murray to trial.
Judge Michael Pastor ruled there is sufficient evidence to warrant a manslaughter trial.
In his closing statement, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told the judge, “It was not Michael Jackson’s time to go. Michael Jackson is not here today because of the negligence and reckless acts of Dr. Murray.”
Walgren said Murray cared more about covering up evidence than helping MJ.
Judge Pastor’s ruling follows a 6-day preliminary hearing in which more than 20 witnesses were called.
If convicted Murray faces a maximum of 4 years in prison.
Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, tells TMZ, “We are disappointed but not surprised. We knew we would be in trial and that’s where we’re going to end up.”
TMZ also reports that Judge Pastor finally did what the California Medical Board has been asking him to do about Murray’s license.
Dr. Conrad Murray’s medical license has just been suspended.
Judge Michael Pastor just ordered the suspension, as a condition to Dr. Murray’s bail in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case.
The Medical Board of California has asked the court twice before to yank Murray’s license, to no avail. But minutes after ordering Murray to stand trial, Judge Pastor granted the request.
Dr. Murray has 24 hours to notify the medical boards in Texas and Nevada of Judge Pastor’s decision.
It’s a devastating blow to Murray, because he needs to practice to make enough money to pay his legal team. Murray’s team believes the move is designed to take away his right to defend himself in the manslaughter trial.
We can only imagine what info is going to come out of this trial.