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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, gets his day in court

By Liz Kelly

Conrad Murray was once paid $150,000 a month as Jackson's private physician. (AP)

Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, is due in court Tuesday for the first day of preliminary hearings to determine whether there is enough evidence to hold a full trial.

The prosecution will present its case and 30 witnesses -- including police, medical experts and the coroner -- are expected to appear at the hearing, which will be attented by Jackson's family.

"This Is It" choreographer Kenny Ortega is also scheduled to testify at Tuesday's hearing, according to TMZ. Ortega is reportedly expected to testify that Murray said some "terrible things" during a meeting with Jackson in the week before his death.

As mentioned in this space last week, Murray has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter charge and prosecutors have alleged that Murray's lawyers plan to claim that Jackson killed himself with a self-administered lethal dose of propofol.

Propofol is a surgical anesthetic Murray does admit to prescribing and administering to Jackson to help with supposed chronic insomnia.

If convicted, Murray could face four years in prison.

Sources: The Associated Press, TMZ

By Liz Kelly  | January 4, 2011; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Crime Watch, Michael Jackson  
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Hey, Doc. I read just today that the Biebster's been suffering from insomnia.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

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