Grenada-born Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson's personal physician at the time of his death, says he will not testify in the wrongful death trial that Katherine Jackson, the singer's mother, filed against concert promoter AEG Live.
Dr. Murray, did not testify at his own trial, where he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison for causing Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, by administering a deadly overdose of sedatives and the surgical anesthetic propofol in an attempt to cure the singer's insomnia.
Dr. Murray will not testify in the wrongful death trial because he was advised by his lawyer to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination because he is appealing his sentence.
Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson and their grandmother Katherine Jackson contend that AEG Live is responsible for Jackson's death because it hired, supervised and pressured Dr. Murray to have Jackson ready for daily rehearsals despite his fragile health, and that lead to Murray's injection of the propofol overdose.
Potentially, the lawsuit could be worth billions because it seeks a judgment against AEG Live equal to all the money Jackson could have earned for the rest of his life if he had not died.
According to Alan Duke of CNN, key to the Jacksons' case is an e-mail AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote to show director Kenny Ortega 11 days before Jackson's death.
Duke writes that Gongaware was concerned Murray kept Jackson from a rehearsal the day before. And his email stated, "We want to remind (Murray) that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary. We want to remind him what is expected of him."
AEG contends that the Jacksons don't want Dr. Murray to be deposed because he would tell them that he worked for Michael Jackson, that Michael Jackson was his employer, and that Michael Jackson personally invited him to join the 'This is It' tour long before anyone at AEG had even heard of him.