Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was charged with involuntary manslaughter Monday in connection with the death of the singer, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release.
Murray was Michael Jackson’s live-in doctor at the time of his shocking death more than seven months ago.
According to the DA’s press release:
“Dr. Conrad Robert Murray, 56 was charged in case No. SA 073164, filed at the Airport Branch of Los Angeles Superior Court. The count alleged that Murray “ did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson…in the commission of an unlawful act, not amounting to a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection.”
Arraignment will be held later Monday.
Involuntary manslaughter is classified as a felony and carries a maximum prison sentence of four years.
Murray has been in the spotlight since Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death, which has been ruled a homicide by authorities. Much of the ensuing controversy has been centered around Propofol, a strong anesthetic Murray was giving Jackson. Murray, through his attorney, said he didn’t give the Thriller singer anything that “should have” killed him.
Janet Jackson, as well as other members of the Jackson family have publicly said they hold Murray responsible for Michael’s death because, in Janet’s words, “he was the one who was administering.”
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren of the Major Crimes Division will prosecute the case.