Conrad Murray admits being too poor to fund a lawyer for Michael Jackson manslaughter appeal

Former doctor calls on the public to help fund his case

Conrad Murray has asked for a publicly-funded lawyer to handle his manslaughter appeal over the death of Michael Jackson after admitting he is too poor to pay for one himself.

The late singer’s former doctor, who is currently serving a four-year jail sentence, filed papers to Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday (December 13) saying he was unable to fund his legal help any longer.

The court papers added:

The defendant is indigent and respectfully requests the appointment of counsel on appeal.

Murray said he wished to appeal against both his conviction and his sentence but so far has not filed formal papers with the California appeals court, reports Reuters.

This comes after he filed an appeal earlier this month in which he confirmed he will be representing himself rather than allow a lawyer to defend him.

Following his recent conviction, the doctor was ordered to pay Jackson’s three children an amount somewhere in the region of $100 million (£64 million), for their father’s funeral arrangements and loss of earnings for the ‘This Is It’ concerts, which were due to take place the summer after his death in June 2009.