Jackson doctor declines to testify
LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s doctor Tuesday declined to testify as both the prosecution and defence rested their cases in the trial in which he is charged in the 2009 death of the pop star.
Asked by the judge whether he wanted to take the witness stand in his involuntary manslaughter trial, Dr. Conrad Murray replied: “My decision is that I will not testify in this matter, judge.”
His decision means that the only time the jury will have heard from Murray was in a two-hour tape of a police interview he gave two days after Jackson’s death in June 2009.
Defence and prosecution lawyers later rested their cases after more than five weeks of evidence and 49 witnesses. The judge set closing arguments for Thursday.
Murray denies involuntary manslaughter, or gross negligence. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.