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Doc pleads not guilty to manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death

(NBC) - The man accused of over-medicating Michael Jackson and causing his death was arraigned Tuesday on an involuntary manslaughter charge, marking the 19-month anniversary of the pop star's death.

Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty and as the case goes to trial he stands to lose his freedom and his livelihood. Prosecutors claimed Murray did not give Jackson proper medical care and should be held responsible.

After six days of testimony during the preliminary hearing, the judge said there was enough evidence for Murray to stand trial.

During the hearing it was revealed that Murray had been giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic Propofol six days a week for months leading up to his death.

Witnesses also testified about those critical moments before Jackson died. A security guard told the judge that Murray had asked him to hide medications before calling 911.

Prosecutors contend that Murray waited up to 21 minutes before calling paramedics.

Murray's attorneys hinted that Jackson may have given himself the lethal dose when Murray left the room, but the coroner has said that was highly unlikely.

The judge has already suspended Murray's license to practice medicine in California. If convicted he could face four years in prison and would never be allowed to practice medicine again.

The judge has set a March 28 trial date for jury selection to begin.

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