A Los Angeles court with Michael Jackson’s parents in attendance has pushed back to January 4 a hearing for the manslaughter charges against the late singer’s personal physician.
Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, although admitting that he gave Jackson a dose of a drug to make him sleep on the night before he died, in June last year. The preliminary hearing will give the first official public details of the charges against the doctor. The judge cited the availability of witnesses as a reason behind his date decision.
Some Jackson fans demand that Murray be charged with murder. The doctor is free on bail. His defence team wants to retest syringes.
Prosecutors and defence will produce their evidence in January, then a judge will rule if there are sufficient grounds for a full-scale trial.