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EXCLUSIVE: Conrad Murray & His Lawyers Get Death Threats As Arraignment Approaches

Feb. 5 2010, Published 10:25 a.m. ET

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UPDATE: Approximately three hours before Dr. Conrad Murray's schedule 1:30 pm PST arraignment, security concerns were growing. Dr. Murray's spokesperson Miranda Sevcik told "The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has expressed security concerns to us, and we don't want to add to that situation, so the venue could get moved. Dr. Murray might not attend the proceedings. We are waiting to hear from the D.A."

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But Steve Whitmore, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department downplayed the security concerns and said: "The only security concerns we have is for the media overflow parking, and making sure the media doesn't venture into unauthorized areas, if they do, we will escort them out. It's steady at the helm for us."

Dr. Conrad Murray, his lawyers and even his spokesperson have all received death threats in the days before the arraignment of Michael Jackson’s doctor.

On Friday morning, confusion surrounded the situation of Murray surrendering to be arraigned. The doctor and his team believed they had a deal with the District Attorney’s office to surrender Friday at 1:30 pm PST. But Murray’s people then received word that the DA might not be ready and as the morning progressed, Murray’s rep Miranda Sevcik told “We are waiting for the phone to ring.” She said Murray’s camp was unsure where to go and what to do.

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She also confirmed that Murray and his attorneys have received death threats. “People come out of woodwork. We’re talking about Michael Jackson fans, come on, they are very upset,” Sevcik told

“He (Murray) travels and we have been careful. He has not let it affect his life. But, when you have this much attention on this event (the arraignment), then people know where he is gong to be so we have to be very careful.”

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She also told that it was possible Murray would not attend today’s legal proceeding, but that, like everything else, was undecided as confusion and chaos surrounded the situation.

Murray was Michael Jackson’s person physician and administered propofol right before the singer died last year.

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Sevcik told “The threats against Dr. Murray we take very seriously.”

Check back with as the situation develops Friday...



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