The doctor accused of manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death has returned to court, but no decision has been made on whether he will be allowed to practice medicine as he awaits trial.
Conrad Murray, 57, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in February.
Today he was flanked by his defence team during the hearing, which was also attended by several members of Jackson’s family.
The hearing came roughly two weeks after California’s attorney-general Jerry Brown filed a motion asking the court to suspend Murray’s medical licence in the state. The move has been opposed by the physician’s lawyers.
Judge Michael Pastor did not make any ruling on the licence issue as he fixed a further hearing for June 14 when the issue of Murray’s right to practice medicine may be re-examined.
Mr Brown’s office said in a filing last month that Murray “administered a lethal dose of propofol, as well as other drugs to Michael Jackson”.
“We will argue in court that Murray was reckless in giving Jackson such a dangerous drug and has demonstrated a serious lack of judgment that should prohibit him from practicing medicine.”
Murray, who was born in Grenada and grew up in Trinidad before moving to the US, has denied causing the death of Jackson on June 25 last year.
The court case against him followed a painstaking seven-month probe involving local and federal investigators.
Murray was the last person to see Jackson alive. He has admitted administering drugs to the singer to help him sleep shortly before his death.
The doctor could face up to four years in prison if convicted.