Michael Jackson's Doctor Appears in Court
Conrad Murray could lose his medical license if prosecutors get their way.
Dr. Conrad Murray (KTLA-TV)
The fans, singing "We are the World," wore T-shirts emblazoned with Jackson's picture and the slogan, "Justice for Michael."
They also carried placards demanding stronger charges against Dr. Conrad Murray in Jackson's death.
Inside the courtroom, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered Murray to return June 14, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing -- during which the judge will determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
Pastor put off considering a request from the California Attorney General's Office to prevent the 57-year-old doctor from practicing in California while the case is pending. The judge said all matters would be handled in June.
Several Jackson family members -- including his parents and his sister, Janet attended the hearing.
Jackson, 50, died June 25 of what the coroner's office determined to be "propofol intoxication." Propofol is a powerful prescription sedative.
Murray was charged Feb. 9 with felony involuntary manslaughter.
Murray was on the payroll as staff physician for Jackson when the singer died while preparing for a series of concerts in London.
Murray has denied the accusations.
He claimed he left Jackson alone for a few minutes while he used the bathroom.
Celebrity website TMZ is reporting that Murray's defense at trial would be that the singer, angry that he had awakened, injected himself with a fatal dose of propofol when the doctor was out of the room.