Testimony Ends At Hearing For Jackson Doctor

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case at a preliminary hearing for a doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death, and both sides are awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether Dr. Conrad Murray will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Los Angeles Superior Judge Michael Pastor concluded the hearing Tuesday after six days of testimony from more than 20 witnesses who mostly detailed Murray’s actions during Jackson’s final hours.

Pastor must decide if there is enough evidence to merit a trial.

Prosecutors have contended the Houston-based cardiologist was on the phone and distracted after administering a powerful anesthetic to Jackson. They also presented evidence the singer was dead by the time Murray summoned help.

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol mixed with other sedatives. He has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyers did not call any witnesses during the hearing.

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