12 Jan 2011

Jackson's doctor ordered to stand trial

2:11 pm on 12 January 2011

A judge has ordered Michael Jackson's doctor to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death by an overdose of propofol, a powerful drug.

At a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles, Judge Michael Pastor issued the order on Tuesday on the sixth day of a preliminary hearing into whether enough evidences exists to hold Dr. Conrad Murray accountable for Jackson's death.

Dr Murray, 57, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of involuntary manslaughter and says he did not give the singer anything potentially lethal.

The BBC reports he faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted.

Jackson, 50, died on 25 June, 2009, just before a series of comeback concerts.

The accused has admitted to giving the singer propofol, an anesthetic which Jackson took as a sleep aid.

Prosecutors claim he was negligent in giving the singer the drug, as well as other medication including the sedative lorazepam.