The man found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for causing Michael Jackson's 2009 death will speak out from behind bars in an exclusive live interview with Anderson Cooper at 8 p.m. ET tonight.
Dr. Conrad Murray is serving a four year sentence at the Los Angeles County Jail, but is in the process of appealing his conviction. Murray was treating Jackson for insomnia, to help him prepare for the physically demanding "This Is It" concert tour, when the pop star died. Murray maintains his innocence and is hoping to get his medical license back.
Ultimately, the prosecution convinced a jury that Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of a surgical anesthetic. The defense claimed Jackson gave himself the drugs that caused his overdose.
In related news, Murray, who never took the stand at his own trial, will plead the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination in a jury trial that began today against AEG Live. Jackson's family is suing the concert promoter, arguing it’s responsible for the singer’s death because it hired Murray.
The family wants compensation equal to the amount Jackson would have made if he was still alive. But AEG Live is turning the tables and is expected to blame the pop star for his own death. The company will try to prove it’s not liable by citing evidence of Jackson’s drug addiction and erratic behavior through the years. AEG also insists Murray wasn't its employee, but was employed by Jackson as his long-time personal physician.
Hear from Murray in his own words about the ongoing litigation at 8 and 11 p.m. ET tonight. Tweet your reaction to the interview @AC360.
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