Dr Conrad Murray pleads 'not guilty' as trial date set

Wednesday January 26, 2011

The doctor accused of causing Michael Jackson's untimely death has pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, insisting "Your Honour, I am an innocent man."

Conrad Murray is said to have administered the king of pop with propofol - a powerful surgical anaesthetic intended for clinical use only - combined with other drugs to tackle the singer's debilitating insomnia.

This combination proved lethal, resulting in the 50-year-old's death on June 25, 2009.

Michael's mother Katherine, along with brothers Jermaine and Randy and sister Rebbie were all present in the Los Angeles court to witness the defendant's plea.

A trial date has been set for March 28 and a pre-trial hearing for February 7.

If convicted, the doctor could face up to four years in prison.

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