Michael Jackson's Family Reacts with Outrage to Charge
His mother calls Dr. Conrad Murray a "monster," while his father says the physician got a "slap on the wrist"
Involuntary manslaughter wasn’t a tough enough charge against Michael Jackson’s doctor, his family said Monday.
“He’s a monster,” said the pop singer’s mother, Katherine Jackson, after a hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray.
“This charge is a slap on the wrist,” said Brian Oxman, longtime lawyer for Jackson’s father Joseph. “There’s great disappointment here. [Conrad Murray] should’ve been charged with a higher degree of responsibility. What he did was reckless. It was a disregard for human life.”
Murray, who has denied any wrongdoing, surrendered to face allegations of administering a lethal dose of the hospital anesthetic propofol to the late singer.
Michael was murdered and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan,” said Jackson’s sister, LaToya. “There are other individuals involved and I will not rest and I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.”
• Additional reporting by HOWARD BREUER