Date Set for Preliminary Criminal Hearing in Michael Jackson Case

A Los Angeles judge has set January 4, 2011 as the start date for a preliminary criminal hearing regarding Michael Jackson's 2009 fatal overdose of prescription drugs, reports Reuters. The proceeding will determine if there is sufficient evidence for Dr. Conrad Murray to stand trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death.

Murray admitted giving the singer propofol as a sleep aid, but has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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