A Los Angeles judge has scheduled a preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray on January 4, 2011. Dr. Murray is the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the drug overdose of legendary pop-star Michael Jackson.
At his California preliminary hearing, prosecutors will attempt to prove that there is probable cause for the judge to hold Murray to stand trial. “Probable cause” is “a state of facts as would lead a man of ordinary care and prudence to believe and conscientiously entertain an honest and strong suspicion that the person is guilty of a crime.”
Whether Dr. Murray will actually go to trial will depend in part on the outcome of his California preliminary hearing, but will also largely depend on what type of plea bargain his attorney can negotiate with the prosecution.
Currently, Dr. Murray is still practicing medicine, as a Los Angeles judge ruled that he could keep his California medical license pending further investigation.