Michael Jackson’s Doctor Faces Preliminary Hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor who was with Michael Jackson the day the pop star died is headed to court for a preliminary hearing on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

A Los Angeles judge plans to start hearing testimony Tuesday to help him decide if there is enough evidence to hold Dr. Conrad Murray for trial.

The Houston cardiologist is accused of gross negligence when he administered the powerful anesthetic Propofol, which the star was demanding to get to sleep.

If convicted, Murray could face four years in prison and loss of his medical license.

Jackson died June 25, 2009, of Propofol intoxication complicated by other sedatives. Murray has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer has said nothing he did should have harmed the superstar.

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