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Dr. Conrad Murray to Judge -- I'm 'Not Guilty'

2/8/2010 12:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Dr. Conrad MurrayMichael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, will plead not guilty Monday morning when he is arraigned on involuntary manslaughter charges ... sources tell TMZ.

We're told the plan is for Dr. Murray to arrive at the courthouse 20 - 30 minutes before the arraignment -- which sources tell us will be at 1:30 PM PT. He will surrender voluntarily.

Law enforcement sources tell us 20 L.A. County Sheriff's deputies will be at the courthouse, some of whom will be evident and some who will not. We're told the Sheriff's Department has had its security plan in place for a while, in part because of crowd control concerns and partly because of security issues surrounding Dr. Murray.

We're told there is a concern about Dr. Murray's safety because of intense feeling on the part of some Michael Jackson fans that Dr. Murray killed the singer.

As we first reported, Dr. Murray will be accompanied by a bail bondsman who will post bail -- expected to be $25,000.

Our sources say Dr. Murray will not waive his right to a preliminary hearing.

Following arraignment and booking, we're told Dr. Murray will leave L.A. and go either to Las Vegas or Houston.

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31.

anniam    

this killer should be in jail lapd i am disgusted with yous.NO JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL.rip michael

1627 days ago
32.

shuffler    


Posted at 4:00AM on Feb 8th 2010 by amanda
Just wondering y all other posts are from "TMZ STAFF" and this one is from "Joshua Wells" HMMMM??? Anyone else catch that?
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Well-spotted. Imagine a writer for TMZ being actually held accountable for what they write rather than hiding behind the "TMZ staff" moniker.

Will the wonders never cease!



1627 days ago
33.

Biggi    

Like A Comet
Blazing 'Cross The Evening Sky
Gone Too Soon

Like A Rainbow
Fading In The Twinkling Of An Eye
Gone Too Soon

Shiny And Sparkly
And Splendidly Bright
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like The Loss Of Sunlight
On A Cloudy Afternoon
Gone Too Soon

Like A Castle
Built Upon A Sandy Beach
Gone Too Soon

Like A Perfect Flower
That Is Just Beyond Your Reach
Gone Too Soon

Born To Amuse, To Inspire, To Delight
Here One Day
Gone One Night

Like A Sunset
Dying With The Rising Of The Moon
Gone Too Soon


We love you Mikey...and we are ready as always to fight for you!

1627 days ago
34.

FFJ    

Harvey you have always stated that the authors of the articles posted on this site are never posted, as you stated it would be unfair to single people out, therefore we post articles as TMZ STAFF.
So how come the author of this particular article is addressed, Joshua Wells, is he NOT Tmz Staff???

I cant believe they are still allowing Murray to voluntarily walk into court. If they want peace then this is not the way to go about it.
Im not surprised he is pleading not guilty though. He has no remorse.

1627 days ago
35.

cindee    

GOD BLESS YOU "izilda pomelli" I'LL TRY TO BE THERE!!!!!!!!

I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT MURRAY HAS THE CHOICE TO SURRENDER IN THIS
HIGH PROFILE CASE...WHEN MICHAEL SURRENDERED TO THE POLICE
THEY STILL HAND-CUFFED HIM........WHAT GOING ON ???????
WHY IS MURRAY GETTING SPECIAL TREATMENT??

1627 days ago
36.

Dindo    

Give the doc a medal for taking out that pervert !

1627 days ago
37.

Linda Lovelest    

Michael Jackson's doctor was much admired but financially strapped

Household staff and clinic patients describe Dr. Conrad Murray as kind, benevolent and accessible; court files show a man drowning in debt, facing foreclosure, with multiple child support obligations.

By Harriet Ryan
February 8, 2010

In the Holmby Hills chateau where Michael Jackson lived his final months, Dr. Conrad Murray seemed a benevolent figure.

The physician arrived at night dressed in scrubs or a neat blazer and slacks, offering a ready smile for the household staff, and sometimes, gifts for Jackson's children. Most of his time was spent upstairs in the singer's private quarters, but occasionally he sat at the dining room table chatting with the family in his lilting Caribbean accent.

"They loved him," Kai Chase, the singer's personal chef, recalled last summer. "A very nice man, very charming, very well-groomed, very respectful, well-spoken."

The image of the respectable, competent doctor -- a profession Murray began striving toward as a youth in Trinidad -- started to crack the day the world's most famous entertainer died in Murray's care, and is likely to break further Monday when L.A. County prosecutors are expected to charge him with involuntary manslaughter.

"Here's a guy who was on top of the world . . . talk about a fall from grace," said his attorney, Ed Chernoff.

The job Jackson offered Murray, 56, last spring was a lifeline for a man struggling financially.

Courts in Las Vegas, where he lived with his physician wife, 19-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter, had ordered him or his business to pay $435,000 to creditors, including a student loan.

His home near the 18th hole of a country club was in jeopardy. Property records show he had refinanced the mortgage at least three times in five years and owed close to $1.7 million on a property now assessed at $1.08 million. By the time the Jackson job came along, it had been months since Murray had paid the mortgage and foreclosure proceedings loomed, according to court records.

He had also fallen behind on child support payments. Birth certificates and other public records indicate that in addition to the two children he had with his wife, Murray had fathered at least four children with three other women.

Files from Las Vegas family court proceedings show he owed thousands of dollars to a California woman with whom he had a son, now 11. He was also helping support two daughters, ages 16 and 8, who lived with their mother in Las Vegas, according to the records. And last March, an actress from Santa Monica gave birth to Murray's son, according to a California birth certificate.

According to his lawyer, many of Murray's financial problems arose from providing medical care for the poor. (Murray declined repeated requests for interviews, as did members of his family, but he did respond to some questions posed to him through his attorney.)

Multiple practices

Born in Grenada, he was raised in Trinidad by his grandparents and later by his mother and stepfather, according to a biography provided by his attorney. He had no contact with his own father until he was 25, although he knew as a child that his father was a doctor who lived in Houston.

In addition to his Las Vegas cardiology practice, Murray treated patients two days a month at a Houston heart clinic. He founded the clinic in 2006 in a poor, predominantly African American area in honor of his father, by then deceased.

Among some of his clinic patients, Murray was adored for his accessibility and bedside manner. He gave patients his personal cellphone number and used plastic heart models and charts to help elderly patients understand their ailments, patients recalled.

"He was really kind and sat there and explained. No rushing you. He would hold a good conversation. A whole lot of doctors could learn something from that type of treatment," said the Rev. Prince James, a 67-year-old Baptist minister.

Few at the Houston clinic could pay Murray's normal rates, and he lost money with nearly every patient he saw.

But when it came to setting a price for one very famous patient, Murray did not offer a discount, according to people involved in his hiring.

Frank DiLeo, Jackson's manager, said last summer that Jackson told him Murray wanted $5 million to work during rehearsals and the eight months of concerts. "I said, 'Michael, for $5 million, I'll buy you a hospital,' " DiLeo recalled. "He said this guy was his family doctor, and he was comfortable with him. It made sense to me, to a degree."

Murray's lawyer disputed that the doctor demanded $5 million.

A special patient

Jackson and Murray had met four years earlier after Jackson took up residence in Las Vegas. Jackson came down with a viral infection, and a security guard recommended his friend

1627 days ago
38.

minnie101086    

Scared for his safety?! Well I guess so?! Im surprised no one has taken his ass out yet.

This is so wrong on so many levels. Murray should be handcuffed and brought in! Not like it makes a difference and would bring Michael back but still. Come on! They barged in, trashed Neverland, and handcuffed Michael and threw him in jail...WHEN HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. Murray kills MJ, proof that he did it. He said he gave MJ the stuff, but yet he's claiming he's innocent?! ARE U F-----Kidding me?! If I lived in LA i would be there right along with you guys at that courthouse. Im praying something RIGHT will happen because this just isn't fair. This system is so messed up.

1627 days ago
39.

Linda Lovelest    

Feb 8, 2010 1:17 am US/Pacific Michael Jackson's Doctor Expected To Be Charged

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been trying to surrender to authorities for a week, will likely get his chance with prosecutors saying they will file a charge Monday in the death of Michael Jackson.

A district attorney's spokeswoman did not name the doctor nor say what the charge will be but Murray's lawyers have said they expect a single charge of involuntary manslaughter against the man who administered an anesthetic to the singer before he died.

As the last person to see Jackson alive, Murray has been the focal point of a police investigation since Jackson died last June 25 at age 50.

Murray acknowledged that he administered the hospital anesthetic propofol and other sedatives as Jackson, a chronic insomniac, struggled to sleep.

Murray had been hired as the performer's personal physician as he prepared for a monumental comeback concert in London.

The doctor was to have traveled with Jackson and had closed down his cardiology practices in Houston and Las Vegas to devote himself to Jackson full time.

The death of the pop superstar left the doctor's life and medical practice in limbo.

There was talk of a criminal case even before a coroner's report found that Jackson's death was a homicide and pinpointed propofol and other drugs as the cause.

On Friday, after a week of on-again, off-again reports that Murray would be charged, district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said the office was delaying any action until Monday amid reports that police wanted to arrest and handcuff the doctor but his attorneys were negotiating to avoid that.

The drama of his surrender and subsequent arraignment was to be played out in front of news cameras, and Murray's legal team wanted to avoid the spectacle of having the doctor seen in handcuffs by a large audience -- including potential jurors for his trial.

One group that wants to see him in handcuffs is a contingent of Michael Jackson fans who launched a telephone campaign to the Los Angeles Police Department demanding as much.

They threatened to hold a protest at the airport-area courthouse if Murray was allowed to surrender on his own.

The doctor maintains nothing he gave Jackson should have killed him. A trial would be expected to involve expert medical testimony on the use of propofol and whether there was gross negligence involved in its use at a private home.

It is normally administered in hospital settings.

Murray's lead defense lawyer, Ed Chernoff, has said the doctor is prepared for the legal battle ahead.

"We'll make bail, we'll plead not guilty and we'll fight like hell," said Chernoff.

http://cbs2.com/local/Michael.Jackson.Lawyer.2.1478644.html

1627 days ago
40.

A.B.    

How could he not be guilty? Without his actions, Michael would still be alive. It's not like Murray's car brakes broke down and he accidently hit Michael.

1627 days ago
41.

We want justice    

Injustice!
Money!
Corruption!

Remember Murray is only the tip of the iceberg.

Nevertheless, Murray should be handcuffed, he should be fingerprinted, he should have his mugshot just like they did to Michael. The American justice system is a joke!

Please help to reveal the truth and sign this petition. It's for justice and truth and for Michael.
http://www.petitiononline.com/TINIxMJ/petition.html

Get yourself some information what really happened to Michael:
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email: thetruth4mj@gmail.com

SUPPORT THIS CAUSE TO END THIS FARCE!


1627 days ago
42.

stonecold    

Wow. Someone accused of a crime is going to plead not guilty...

STOP THE PRESSES!

1627 days ago
43.

stonecold    

41. Scared for his safety?! Well I guess so?! Im surprised no one has taken his ass out yet.

This is so wrong on so many levels. Murray should be handcuffed and brought in! Not like it makes a difference and would bring Michael back but still. Come on! They barged in, trashed Neverland, and handcuffed Michael and threw him in jail...WHEN HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING

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Was this before or after he fondled a young boy in his bed?

1627 days ago
44.

Barbie    

It seems like whenever I want to make a comment that is longer than two sentences my comments never get posted, yet I see here comments that are longer than a chapter in a book. I wonder if my post will ever make it to this comment section. For the life of me I have never seen such a gang mentality against Dr. Murray. Did Michael Jackson really mean that much to anyone but his family? Seriously this guy made music, he lived a lavish lifestyle off the backs of hard working people who bought his records and memorbilia. He was a evil monster when the first story broke about molesting a child. Innocent people don't pay out $25,000,000.00 dollars if they are innocent of the accusations. I wouldn't pay a red penny to anyone accusing me of something if I knew I did nothing wrong. He paid his way out of trouble that time. The next time he was accused he wasn't given the chance to pay-off the family because they weren't seeking a payout. They were seeking justice for their child. So Michael Jackson had no choice but to hire the best attorney money could buy. The money he spent on that lawyer was well worth it because the attorney was able to create reasonable doubt. Michael Jackson was found not guilty because he paid a large sum of money for the best defense money could buy. Just because he was found not guilty, does not mean he wasn't guilty. There's a saying that celebrities are treated differently, they only have to pay a fine for their not guilty verdicts. And in this case thats what he paid. He was able to get out of the guilty verdict by paying for the attorney most of us regular people could never afford. He was a pedophile. Then you have his drug addiction. How much did he spend in order to get all the drugs he got, most people could never have that kind of accessibility to drugs like he did. He doctor shopped, he manipulated, and conned so many doctors over the years to get his drugs. I was hoping that with all the money spent on investigating his death that there would be more arrests of other doctors who provided Michael Jackson with any drug he wanted. It wasn't as though Dr. Murray came into this situation and told Michael Jackson here are the drugs I've decided to give you to help you sleep. It was Michael Jackson himself who gave Dr. Murray his list of drugs he needed, not the other way around. He knew Dr. Murray's financial situation and he hand picked him because of it. Dr. Murray would do anything for the money he was being offered to watch over Michael Jackson. Like any good drug addict he manipulated Dr. Murray into giving him the drugs. Dr. Murray didn't turn Michael Jackson into a drug addict, Michael Jackson was abusing drugs for years, decades and unfortunately Dr. Murray needed the money that was offered to him. So to all you professed Michael Jackson fans, who want to see Dr. Murray dead, your all out of your minds. Michael Jackson is 90% guilty of his own death. And I don't believe Dr. Murray is guilty of manslaughter, he is guilty of giving in to the demands of a drug addict and acted unethically and recklessly and it doesn't rise to a criminal charge, only a medical license charge. But hey, aren't the police and DA expected to give us all a good show? I mean it was Michael Jackson who died after all. He is guilty in the public's opinions, but a court of law is different. I hope he's found not guilty. I hope the evidence shows that long before Dr. Murray came on the scene Michael Jackson was killing himself with the help of the medical community handing out prescriptions to him over all those years. Sorry but Dr. Murray is only guilty of giving in to a drug addicts desires, he didn't kill Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson killed Michael Jackson.

1626 days ago
45.

Mo    

Conrad Murray - Condemned Without Trial!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgCMNCGskWo

HIStory is repeating itself...

Greetz, Mo

1626 days ago
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