|Michael Jackson's casket at his funeral in 2009|
Later in the hearing, Ortega testified that Jackson had gone home early from rehearsals on June 19.A judge stripped Dr. Conrad Murray of his medical licence Tuesday after ruling that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to try him for manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said testimony presented during a six-day hearing into Murray’s treatment of the singer had convinced him that allowing the cardiologist to keep his licence “would constitute an imminent danger to public safety.”
Evidence presented by prosecutors, the judge said, showed “a direct nexus in connection between the acts and omissions of Dr. Murray and the homicide in this case,” the judge said.
Pastor’s decision to send the case to trial was widely expected, including by Murray’s attorneys, but his defence had strongly contested the loss of his licence, calling it a “nuclear option” that would destroy the 57-year-old doctor’s ability to support his family and mount a criminal defence.