Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician to Michael Jackson, and who was with him on the night he died has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop king. Murray was accused of poorly administering the powerful anesthetic drug propofol to Jackson on the night of his death, which the star allegedly requested to help him sleep. From the AP:
Authorities never accused Murray of intending to kill the star, and it took eight months for them to file the involuntary manslaughter charge against him. It was the lowest possible felony charge involving a homicide.
There was no law against administering propofol or the other sedatives. But prosecution expert witnesses said Murray was acting well below the standard of care required of a physician.
They said using propofol in a home setting without lifesaving equipment on hand was an egregious deviation from that standard. They called it gross negligence, the legal basis for an involuntary manslaughter charge.