Conrad Murray wants to testify

2011-11-23 14:37
Los Angeles - Dr Conrad Murray wants to formally address the court when he is sentenced at the end of this month.

The doctor could be jailed for up to four years after he was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - but has told his lawyers he wishes to testify in front of Los Angeles Judge Michael Pastor.

A source close to Murray - who is currently being held in Los Angeles County Jail pending the hearing on November 29 - told website "Dr Murray wanted to testify, and feels that if he had, there is no way he would have been convicted.

"Murray is livid that his lawyers didn't put him on the stand and has said he plans on pleading with Judge Michael Pastor for mercy.

"Murray will admit no guilt, and not take any responsibility for his actions. Murray plans on appealing and wants the judge to give him probation only for killing Michael Jackson."

During the sentencing, it is expected that several Jackson family members will make victim impact statements, and Michael's three children could write letters to the judge that could be read aloud in court.

Changes to Californian law mean that even if Murray is given the maximum sentence by Judge Pastor, he will only serve up to two years in prison and could be eligible to sit out the punishment under house arrest.