Posted: Oct 3, 2011 4:14 AM by Kate Richards
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The manslaughter trial against Michael Jackson's doctor begins its second week today with prosecutors furthering their examination of Richelle Cooper, an emergency room physician who gave paramedics permission to pronounce the pop superstar dead in the bedroom of his home.
Authorities contend Dr. Conrad Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the singer's bedroom in 2009.
Murray's attorneys are presenting jurors with an alternate theory - that Jackson gave himself the lethal dose when Murray left the room.
The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty. Murray, 58, faces four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if convicted.