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Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray due in court today (April 5)

Dr Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop

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Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray is due in court today (April 5) over involuntary manslaughter charges.

Dr Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to giving the late star a lethal dose of an anaesthetic, is set to appear at Los Angeles Superior Court for the preliminary hearing, reports BBC News.

Up to 15 of Jackson's relatives are set to attend the hearing, along with fans and journalists.

Dr Murray faces having his licence suspended during the proceedings.

However, court documents have revealed that the medic's ability to pay for his legal defence relies on him being able to continue practising.

At the hearing, it is expected that a judge will assigned to the case and a date will be set for another preliminary hearing, where it will be decided if there is sufficient evidence for a jury trial.

Reports in the US have suggested Dr Murray's legal team will argue that Jackson's death was caused when the singer injected himself with Propofol.

Last month, it was reported by Reuters that Michael Jackson's father Joe Jackson is planning to sue doctor Conrad Murray for wrongful death.

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