6 Apr 2010

Doctor charged over death of Michael Jackson

3:16 pm on 6 April 2010

Michael Jackson's personal doctor has appeared in court in Los Angeles on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

The BBC reports Conrad Murray is accused of giving the singer a lethal dose of a powerful anaesthetic, Propofol, and other drugs.

If convicted, the 57-year-old faces up to four years in prison. He has pleaded not guilty.

Jackson, 50, died on 25 June last year.

Members of the Jackson family turned out in force for the hearing. Dozens of journalists and fans also packed a downtown courthouse.

Judge Michael Pastor adjourned the case until mid-June, when he is expected to rule on whether to revoke Dr Murray's medical licence pending a full trial.

Dr Murray was previously ordered not to administer any anaesthetics as a condition of his $75,000 bail.