The case against Michael Jackson’s doctor is nearing an end. Charged with involuntary manslaughter, Conrad Murray is facing up to 4 years in prison and the end to his medical career. Over a years ago, Michael Jackson died of a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. Dr. Murray had been Michael Jackson’s long time doctor and had prescribed and administered high doses of prescription drugs that ultimately proved fatal. Over the course of the long trial, several hundred witnesses were called, and several hundreds of pieces of evidence have been presented. Now, the jury has been deliberating for more than a day now. The trial has drawn a lot of media attention as the nation is focused on the case and what the potential outcome may be. The decision for the jury cannot be an easy one as there are several complex medical issues to consider. Some legal analysts believe the jury will find Dr. Murray not guilty for the sole fact that the issues are too complex for the average Joe jury member to really grasp.
If Dr. Murray is convicted, he may likely never have to serve prison time thanks to a change in California law that could instead place him in a jail for a period of time. The truth is that in California, the prison population is overcrowded and older inmates such as a potential Dr. Murray are usually released to the jail system or out on probation all together. Here in Utah, while the prison system is not as overpopulated, the Salt Lak metro jail is often overcrowded, especially on the weekends. Thus, many individuals charged with lesser offenses are released from the jail on the weekends.
Murder Charges in Utah
Murder charges in Utah are tough to face. At Salcido Law Firm, our team of criminal defense lawyers in Salt Lake City represent individuals accused of all types of homicide crimes such as those charges faced by Dr. Murray in the Michael Jackson case. If you or someone you know as been charged with these types of crimes in Utah, we can help. Call us anytime at 801.618.1334.