Conrad Murray has begun his prison sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. He is seeing the prison chaplain regularly to help him come to terms with what has happened, but the fallout from his trial continues as a second doctor has been subpoenaed, following allegations made by Murray’s defense team in court.
Murray was sentenced to four years in prison for his part in the death of Michael Jackson. However, in court, his lawyers pointed out that he was just one person to prescribe the Thriller singer medications that may have contributed to his early death aged 50 in 2009. Now law enforcement officers want to talk to these other doctors to see if there was any malpractice there.
Dr. Murray has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence for involuntary manslaughter. But for now he is serving his time in the Los Angeles County Jail. There, he has begun talks with the chaplain to discuss his future.
According to Duncan Roy, the British writer and producer who has featured in Celebrity Rehab, Conrad Murray became tearful and asked to speak to the chaplain, who told him,
“You need hope.”
Roy is currently being held on $35,000 bail for a felony attempted extortion charge. He and Murray are both being segregated from the rest of the jail because of their “celebrity” status.
Roy says that as well as focusing on his appeal, Conrad Murray is just trying to find things to give him hope for the future.Murraywill represent himself at his appeal hearing.
So, while Murray looks toward getting out of jail, the California State Medical Board has formally subpoenaed Michael Jackson’s former physician and long time friend, dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein to appear at a hearing on December 15.
It is Klein that Murray blames for getting Michael Jackson hooked on the powerful painkiller, Demerol, giving him massive amounts when he was given Botox injections.
Dr. Klein did not testify during Murray’s trial, but Jackson’s medical records while under his care were presented byMurray’s defense. Over a three day period in April 2009,Jacksonreceived a staggering 775 milligrams of Demerol.
Klein has similar trouble toMurrayin that his lawyer told him he will not represent him at this hearing. Klein faces suspension of his medical license if he is absent, so he has to turn up, with or without counsel.
Conrad Murray isn’t the only one of Michael Jackson’s doctors seeking hope.
The California Medical Board declined to comment on what Dr. Klein will be questioned about.