EXCLUSIVE: Plea Deal Unlikely For Dr. Conrad Murray

Feb. 10 2010, Published 4:36 a.m. ET

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With Dr. Conrad Murray facing a single felony count of involuntary manslaughter for the death of Michael Jackson, a plea deal for the embattled doctor is unlikely.

"Dr. Murray's involuntary manslaughter charge is a straight felony, meaning it can't be reduced to a misdemeanor... there is very little incentive to strike a deal." attorney Mark Geragos tells

Geragos, who is not involved in the Jackson case adds, "If the DA had filed a murder count then Murray would be at risk for a life sentence and a involuntary manslaughter might start to look good. There can't be a reduction in the involuntary manslaughter charge, which is a felony. Sometimes the d.a. can charge someone with a felony, for example, dui with injury, that can be reduced to a misdemeanor. Those situations are known as wobblers in the legal community because the charge can be reduced."

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Sources close to Dr. Murray tell, "Dr. Murray will vehemently defend himself against the charge. He will not change his plea to guilty, period. This case is going to trial."

Dr. Murray could face up to four years in prison if he is convicted. His next court date is on April 5th.

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