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Michael Jackson's former doctor pleads not guilty in the entertainer's death

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Dr. Conrad Murray listens during his arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court, Jan. 25, 2011. A court date for Murray was set for March 28, 2011 in the death of Michael Jackson.

Associated Press reports:
LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson's doctor pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop superstar's death as the case moved rapidly toward a trial that will likely be televised.

"Your honor, I am an innocent man," Murray told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor in a soft voice. "I definitely plead not guilty."

Lawyers for Murray, who is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives, said they would be ready to go to trial within the 60-day statutory time limit, which would make for an unusually speedy trial.

Dr. Conrad Murray pleads not guilty to manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. NBC's Stephanie Stanton reports.

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