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Conrad Murray Documentary To Air On MSNBC Friday

Jennifer Schultz |
November 8, 2011 | 3:55 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter


Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty in the investigation of Michael Jackson's death (creative commons)
Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty in the investigation of Michael Jackson's death (creative commons)
MSNBC announced plans to air a new documentary, “Michael Jackson and the Doctor,” on Friday, less than a week after Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

According to MSNBC, the documentary looks at the trial from the point of Murray and the defense team, beginning two years ago with the King of Pop’s death.  The film offers behind-the-scenes insights of not only the trial, but also Murray’s relationship with Jackson.

“He asked me, ‘Please, please Dr. Conrad ... I need some milk so that I can sleep. If I don't get any sleep today, I cannot perform, I cannot do anything,’” Murray says in the documentary, referring to Jackson’s alleged dependence on propofol, according to MSNBC.

Though the documentary is only premiering in the U.S. this week, Zodiak Rights, the film’s distributor, has secured deals for international distribution, including in Australia and the U.K.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Zodiak has also stated that it secured the rights to an interview with Murray, conducted on October 30th, that it says is the only interview Murray plans to give.

The documentary is a quick-turnaround after Murray’s trial, which ended on Monday after nearly 10 hours of deliberation from the jury.

However, TMZ reports that the Murray signed on to the documentary just after Jackson’s death of a propofol overdose in 2009. 

During the trial, Murray was charged with administering the fatal dose of propofol, but the defense argued that Jackson administered the dose himself. In a unanimous decision, the jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

After the court convicted Murray, he was placed in custody without bail. He will be sentenced on November 29th, and faces up to four years in prison.

The documentary “Michael Jackson and the Doctor” will premiere on MSNBC on Friday at 10 p.m., EST.

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