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Doctor Charged in Michael Jackson’s Death Faces Hearing Next Year

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Conrad Murray - charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson — will have his preliminary hearing in January, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor scheduled the hearing for January 4th.

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During that court event, the judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for the cardiologist to stand trial.

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of sedatives, including the anesthetic propofol.

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He had been hired to serves as the singer’s personal physician during a series of comeback concerts.

After emerging from a 45 minute in chambers meeting with Judge Pastor and Dr. Murray’s attorneys, the District Attorney, David Walgren, said he expected the hearing would last for about 10-15 days.

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“This is a must go counsel on January 4th,” Judge Pastor said.

Judge Pastor also asked for “counsel to submit a stipulation by November 4th, 2010 about the handling of certain forensic evidence.”

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It wasn’t specified what the evidence was or which lawyers would be submitting the documentation.

Dr. Murray submitted to a waiver that would allow his preliminary hearing to be interrupted once it began.

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Judge Pastor said, “Dr. Murray has an interest in the preliminary hearing. The Jackson family has an interest in it, as others do.”

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