“Your honor, I am an innocent man.”
With those words, Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty yesterday to an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of the King of Pop.
Murray, 57, who appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court, stands accused of delaying a call for help when Jackson was found unresponsive on June 25, 2009, and then trying to cover up evidence that Jackson was taking propofol, an anesthetic Jackson used as a sleep aid.
The legendary singer died of a potent mix of propofol and sedatives, medical examiners have said.
Murray’s lawyers have suggested that Jackson injected himself with the deadly dose of propofol.
Involuntary manslaughter is defined as unintentional killing and is a less serious charge than murder. Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
Jury selection is set to begin March 28.