09 February 2010
Charges pertaining to the June 2009 death of Michael Jackson have finally been laid, following months of court dates and medical investigations.
Jackson's long-time doctor Conrad Murray has been charged as suspected of involuntary manslaughter.
TMZ reports the District Attorney claimed that Dr Murray "did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson... in the commission of an unlawful act, not a felony; and in the commission of a lawful act which might have produced death, in an unlawful manner, and without due caution and circumspection."
(Confused? That basically means it was an accident and Conrad Murray didn't intentionally kill MJ!)
He was charged after administering the powerful anaesthetic drug Propofol to Michael Jackson to help him sleep shortly before he died, which was identified as the most likely cause of death with the LA County Coroner's Office stating Jackson died from acute Propofol intoxication.
Murray is expected to be slapped with a $25,000 bail bill and a maximum of four years imprisonment.
Latest reports say that the doctor is on his way to court now (7.30am AEDST) to front up to the charges and plead not guilty. However now that the charges have been laid, the coroner's office have released details of the autopsy to support the case against Murray.
The autopsy states that the Propofol was administered under inappropriate circumstances and not in a hospital setting.